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ACEI: Designing for Safety in Construction (DSC)

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 4 and Thursday, 5 March 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Sandymount Hotel, Herbert Road, D04 VN88, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    ACEI / Engineers Ireland Members: €645
    Non-Members: €745

    To place a booking, please contact ACEI on: / (01) 642 5588

  • CPD Credit
    14 hours   C2

Course Aim

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.

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).

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 and risk mitigation
  • Co-operating with other designers
  • Protocols within a 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
  • Michael Moriarty (T.J.O’Connor & Associates) MEngSc., BE, FConsEI, CEng MIEI
  • 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.

DIT 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 DIT and can attain 5 ECTS credits equivalent to one module on the DIT Masters of Engineering in Sustainable Infrastructure.  Further information from Dr Niall Holmes in DIT -

Fee includes:

A copy of the DSC Manual, course material, lunches and refreshments