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Designing for Safety in Construction

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 3 and Wednesday, 4 February 2015
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €645
    Non-Members: €745
    WEB PRICE: Book online and receive a further 10% discount
    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details

  • CPD Credit
    2 hours   C2

ACEI Members can also avail of the Engineers Ireland Members Rate, to avail of this price call CPD Training – 01 6651 305.

Note: Course includes the Designing for Safety in Construction Manual.

Course aim

To provide practical guidance to designers on how to comply with their duties under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work legislation.


In 2005, the new Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act was enacted, replacing the 1989 Act. Under the Act, the new Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 came into force on 1st August 2013. For the first time the new Regulations brought significant responsibilities to owner’s of private domestic dwellings and introduces additional responsibilities on other duty holders, including designers.

This course is based on the “Designing for Safety in Construction” Manual, authored by Jack Kavanagh CEng FIEI and published jointly by ACEI, Engineers Ireland and RIAI in April 2011. The manual provides practical guidance to designers on compliance with the construction safety legislation.

The course is also based on the Briefing Notes, in particular Briefing Note No. 2 – Duties of Designers, produced by ACEI, Engineers Ireland, RIAI and SCS.


The course will be held over two days and will take the form of structured lectures covering 5 Modules, based on the “Designing for Safety in Construction” Manual and the Briefing Notes. The lectures will be interspersed with short workshops, involving active involvement by course participants, reinforcing the critical steps for designers in meeting their obligations and generating the key deliverables for designers over a variety of practical construction cases. The course will conclude with an open book examination.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, a participant 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 and risk mitigation.
  • Cooperating with other designers.
  • Protocols within a design teams.
  • Providing information for the Preliminary Health and Safety Plan et al.
  • Certification.
  • Directions from the PSDP or PSCS.
  • When there is no PSDP.

Learning objectives

In general terms, participants will aim to acquire an appreciation of their statutory duties as designers in their particular discipline, how these duties impact on the duties of other affected duty-holders including other designers and the PSDP. They will also aim to understand their relationships with other designers, those within the Client’s design team and also specialist designers and temporary works designers. The participants will aim to fully understand the strict duty under the Regulations, to provide appropriate information to others.

Who should attend

It is assumed that participants will be Chartered Engineers or graduate engineers, or other graduates such as architects, working as permanent works designers.

Trainer/course designer profiles

Michael Moriarty is a Registered Consulting Chartered Engineer. He has 34 years of experience in the planning and design of major structural engineering projects and is a Director of T.J. O'Connor & Associates. He was involved on behalf of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) in the consultations on the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006 and associated Guidelines. He also worked on behalf of the ACEI in the consultations with the GCCC on the conditions of engagement for the new DOF Forms of Contract. He is the President of the ACEI for 2012/2013.

Brendan Mulligan is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. His background is in Structural and Civil Engineering Design extending over 35 years, mainly in consulting engineering practice. Since 2006, Brendan has performed the role of Risk and Safety Director for TOBIN Consulting Engineers.

Kevin Rudden is a Registered Consulting Chartered Engineer. He has 18 years experience as a Structural Engineer and is Managing Director of Thomas Garland & Partners. He has acted as The Convenor of the Joint Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland/Engineers Ireland, Health & Safety Committee for the past 7 years.  He has also represented the European Federation of Consulting Engineers Associations on the European Construction Safety Forum for two years.

Make a Booking

3 February 2015

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, fax or email.