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Project Supervisor Design Process

Under legislation issued by the Health and Safety Authority in 2013, it is mandatory that all commercial, and most domestic Building projects employ a Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP).

Bell Associates can provide the role of PSDP for commercial and domestic works under the registration number B0255 (SCSI).

Please contact us on 01-8430267 for a quotation.

What is a project supervisor design process?

The PSDP must be an individual or body corporate i.e. a limited company.
In general, this will be a firm of architects, chartered surveyors, consulating engineers or project managers.
It can also be the main contractor (e.g. in cases of design and build contracts or small projects with minimal design input).
In all cases the person or company undertaking the role must have the necessary competence to carry out the relevant duties.
The project supervisor design process must be appointed before design work commences. This is to ensure effectiveness in addressing and co-ordinating safety and health matters from the very early stages of a project – HSA Website

What does a PSDP do?

The duty of the project supervisor for the design process is to ensure co-ordination of the work of designers throughout the project.
The PSDP must:
Identify hazards arising from the design or from the technical, organisational, planning or time related aspects of the project;
Where possible, eliminate the hazards or reduce the risks; Communicate necessary control measure, design assumptions or remaining risks to the PSCS so they can be dealt with in the safety and health plan;
Ensure that the work of designers is coordinated to ensure safety;
Organise co-operation between designers;
Prepare a written safety and health plan for any project where construction will take more than 500 person days or 30 working days or there is a particular risk and deliver it to the client prior to tender;
Prepare a safety file for the completed structure and give it to the client;
Notify the Authority and the client of non-compliance with any written directions issued.
The PSDP may issue directions to designers or contractors or others – HSA Website.

The Health and Safety Authority have generated a very good flow-chart to assess whether your Project requires a project supervisor design process and you can view it HERE.

To see more detailed information relating to the PSDP go to the Health and Safety Website related to PSDP HERE.

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