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Health and Safety


Morton-Roberts have responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act, 1974 and subsequent regulations with regards to our employees, the public and others. These regulations include the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, 2015 where we have the role as designer or principal designer.

CDM Regulations 2015

If there is only a single designer involved in a project then under the regulations they are deemed to be the principal designer. The client should also appoint a principal designer where more than one designer or contractor is involved in the project. The role of principal designer replaces that of the CDM co-ordinator under the CDM Regulations, 2007.

As a designer under the 2015 Regulations we have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Make the client aware of their duties under the CDM Regulations.
  • Prepare and modify designs for health and safety.
  • Eliminate, reduce and control risks through design.
  • Co-operate and co-ordinate with others.

As principal designer, under the regulations we would also have the following additional roles and responsibilities:

  • Assist with project set up.
  • Assist with compiling the pre-construction information.
  • Co-ordinate the pre-construction phase.
  • Liaise during the construction phase.
  • Prepare the health and safety file.


As recommended by the HSE, we prefer to provide the information about residual risks required by the CDM Regulations via prominent notes on the construction drawings so that the site personnel receive the information they need.


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