Designing for Safety in Construction


2-day course

CPD Credit: 14 hours, C2

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to provide practical guidance to engineers and designers on how to comply with their duties under the Safety Health & Welfare at Work legislation. The course is based on the Designing for Safety in Construction Manual, authored by Jack Kavanagh, Chartered Engineer, FIEI FConsEI, and published jointly by ACEI, Engineers Ireland & RIAI.

In Partnership with ACEI


Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Permanent works designers 


The programme will take the form of structured lectures covering five Modules, based on the ‘Designing for Safety in Construction’ Manual and the Briefing Notes published by the professional bodies: ACEI; Engineers Ireland; Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI); Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). Delegates will receive a copy of the DSC Manual in advance.

The lectures will be interspersed with short workshops, and the course will conclude with an open book examination.  

Successful applicants will be awarded an ACEI/Engineers Ireland approved ‘DSC Certificate’ which meets the requirements of the 2013 Government procurement procedures. 

Learning Outcomes
On completion of the programme, participants will be informed on recommended practice in respect of:

  • The duties of a designer under the legislation
  • Statutory duties overriding contractual duties
  • The ‘general principles of prevention’ and taking account of them during design of permanent works.
  • ‘Hazards’, ‘risks’ and ‘particular risks’
  • Designers’ risk assessment, hazard elimination, risk mitigation.
  • Co-operating with other designers
  • Protocols within design teams
  • Providing information for the Preliminary Health & Safety Plan Certification (permanent and temporary works)
  • Taking directions from the PSDP or PSCS
  • How to deal with situations where no PSDP has been appointed to the project? 

Trainer/Course Designer Profiles

  • Kevin Rudden (Garland) BScEng, EurIng, FConsEI, CEng. MIEI 
  • Ronan McElwain BEng(Hons), MSc Mgmt, PGDip ABRC, PGDip H&S, CEng MIEI, MIStructE, MICE, Grad IOSH, RConsEI
  • Adam Goff (Arup) BE Mech, PgD Const H&S, PgD Proj Mgt, MSc(EHS), GradIOSH, CEng

The course trainers and the author of the DSC Manual, Jack Kavanagh, are all practicing chartered engineers working in consulting engineering design companies. 

TU Dublin Masters of Engineering in Sustainable Infrastructure

After successful completion of the course, if participants submit a project assignment and undertake an interview, they will be assessed by TU Dublin and can attain 5 ECTS credits equivalent to one module on the TU Dublin Masters of Engineering in Sustainable Infrastructure. Further information from Dr Niall Holmes: 


  • Michael Connolly, Architectural Design and Development Ltd.: "Enjoyable and very relevant. Recommend attendance to all designers."
  • Mark Chambers, ESB: “Enjoyable, and very informative”
  • Michael Day, OPW: “The engaging speakers made this course both interesting and informative, it was particularly interesting to hear real-world examples from their experience. The hazard/risk identification workshop was very practical - hearing the items that other teams had identified was particularly useful.”
  • "Excellent course, course material very relevant and was presented in a very practical and professional manner."
  • "Well presented and informative. Good balance between theory and practical."
  • “Informative and applaud the efforts to use interactive workshops”
  • “The course was run very well.”
  • “Good Course. Well organised and presented”
  • “Brilliant. Very informative and engaging. I really liked the workshop format in order to put some of the theory into action.”
  • “Really good content”

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email

TU Dublin have approved the Geometric Road Design and Design and Lifecycle of Road Pavements courses run by Engineers Ireland and TII, as equivalent to two Level 9 5 ECTS modules that can be used as part of a postgraduate award in Civil Engineering from TU Dublin. Furthermore, by successfully finishing both of these courses, in addition to (i) the Designing for Safety in Construction (DSC) and the Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) modules offered by ACEI, Engineers Ireland and TU Dublin, and (ii) the ACEI / IStructE Graduate Development Courses, students can qualify for a 30 ECTS Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering (Sustainable Infrastructure. With further study, these 30ECTS can be used to secure a 60 ECTS Postgraduate Diploma Certificate in Civil Engineering (Sustainable Infrastructure) or a 90 ECTS ME in Civil Engineering (Sustainable Infrastructure) award.

For more information, please contact TU Dublin directly by visiting the links below:

       ME in Civil Engineering (Sustainable Infrastructure) full-time TU213A

       ME in Civil Engineering (Sustainable Infrastructure) part-time TU219A