CDM 2007, and its precursor, CDM1994 are Regulations that put new statutory duties on designers. The definition of designer is very wide and includes architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, value engineers etc and may often even include clients. The Regulations also demand new high levels of competence from all members of the CDM team on building and construction projects.
Safety in Design (SiD) was set up to support designers in the built enviornment.
Support is in the form of:
- Design Guides - free to download material in A4 format covering an ever widening range of topics where designers have expressed a need for additional material. HSE holds the secretariat.
- Learning Aims and Occupational Standards - in a joint project with the Construction Industry Council (CIC), SiD developed these documents to set out the knowledge and competence required of designers to comply with their statutory duties.
- Accreditation of training courses developed with industry partners.
Habilis has been very close to all aspects of the developing schemes and worked with CIC as a consultant to SiD. Liz Bennett of Habilis is Chair of the Design Guides Working Group.