A Principal Designer is an organisation or individual appointed by the client. They are so important that any project involving more than one contractor must have one.
They have a vital role in influencing how risks to health and safety are managed through the project. The Principal Designer carries out actual design work on the project, whilst ensuring that the project is delivered in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone affected by the work.
At Curtins, when we carry out the role of the Principal Designer, our health & safety consultants support our engineers and the wider project design team. This combines the skills, knowledge and experience that we have in both design / engineering and health and safety, in order to achieve the above.
“The projects that we work on are both inspiring and varied – covering healthcare, sport and leisure, education, residential, transport and beyond, all of which provide their own unique challenges requiring individual solutions. Every day is different, and we play an integral part in ensuring that not only the design and construction stages consider health and safety, but also that this has been considered for the buildings future use once that the project has been completed.” – Tim Allen, Principal Consultant
How do I become a health & safety consultant?
There are lots of options available for becoming qualified, which means you can pick the pathway that most suits your way of learning. Vocational training and work-based experience in the form of RQFs is one option, or you can opt for classroom-based learning and exam assessment if you prefer, or a mixture of the two!
At Curtins, our health & safety consultants have professional memberships with both the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and the Association for Project Safety (APS) as a minimum. Alongside this they have studied an accredited occupational safety and health qualification, hold other relevant industry qualifications and experience, and carry out continuing professional development.
In order to gain membership with IOSH and the APS, there are a number of routes which can be chosen. These include health and safety, design, and construction related RQF level qualifications – ranging from certificates, diplomas and university degrees. Combined with experience, these will enable you to gain the relevant membership status.
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