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ACEI: Designing for Safety in Construction (DSC)

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 6 and Thursday, 7 March 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Sandymount Hotel, Herbert Road, Dublin 4, DO4 VN88, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €645
    Non-Members: €745

    Bookings open on 02/01/2019 - please contact ACEI on: / (01) 642 5588

  • CPD Credit
    14 hours   C2

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 MEngSc., BE, FConsEI, CEng MIEI
  • Kevin Rudden BScEng, DipEng, DLS, FConsEI, CEng. MIEI Eur-Ing
  • Adam Goff BE PGrad, DipProjMngt, PhD, CEng MIEI

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