Congratulations to the AJ on highlighting the designer's role in site safety (AJ 1.5.03).
If there are still designers who think site safety is nothing to do with them, it is time they read the new Approved Code of Practice for the CDM Regulations (from www. hsebooks.
co. uk ISBN 0-7176-2139-1, price £9.50), which provides helpful and specific guidance on what design features should be avoided (eg fragile roof lights, solvent-based products) and what should be included (eg windows which can be cleaned from inside the building).
These issues are all about risk management and buildability and today's architects need to understand enough about them to incorporate them into their designs. Everyone would benefit from this kind of joined up thinking. Architects know how to deal with the requirements of the Building Regulations in their designs, so why not the CDM Regulations as well?
They have been in force for over eight years now, so the Health and Safety Executive is entitled to expect all architects to be applying them.
Gillian Birkby, chairman, Health and Safety Panel, Construction Industry Council