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Alex Hamer
Written by Alex Hamer

Designer Duties

What are the Duties and Responsibilities of a Designer?

General Duties


  • A Designer MUST have the Skills, Knowledge and Training & Experience (SKATE) to take on the role
  • If the Designer appoints any other Designers or Contractors – Make sure they have the necessary SKATE
  • Co-operate with everyone involved in the project and make sure everyone under their control co-operates with each other
  • Report any Health & Safety issues that they become aware of to whom they are working for
  • When providing information or instruction – make sure it is comprehensible and provided in good time


Specific Duties


The Designer must

  • Ensure that the Client is aware of their duties – if not they must not start
  • Make sure that all designs take account of the General Principles of Prevention to identify and eliminate foreseeable risks to people building, maintaining, cleaning & using a structure where possible.
  • Provide information about risks that cannot be eliminated to the Principal Designer
  • Provide all appropriate information for inclusion in the Health and Safety File
  • Provide information with their design to assist the client, other designers and contractors comply with their duties

Note - This page is for guidance only. Application on a project must comply with the official HSE issue of the Regulations