Architects are required to undertake continuous professional development (CPD) research. Every corporate member of the RIBAmust do 35 hours of CPD a year. Of this, up to 17 hours can be 'informal', ie not accredited course work. This general reading and research must be documented in your professional development plan (PDP).
The RIBA's policy is to monitor a 5 per cent random sample of practices at the end of each year, asking to see the record sheets and PDP's of RIBAmembers in the practice.
The RIBA states that 'practices which, after a series for requests, fail to provide evidence, could be dropped from the register'.
Below follows a questionnaire of general study questions which can be deemed, in concert with the preceding article, to represent one hour of general CPD research.
Individuals sending these questionnaires to the AJwill receive a CPD statement of compliance to that effect, provided that a score of 32 or more has been achieved.
Useful websites and reading references are shown in the column on the right.
Scores are indicated in brackets:
1.What is the primary cause of most accidents on site? (3)
2.When do CDM Regulations not apply? (5)
3.When did the CDM Regulations come into force? (1)
4.How many people were killed on UK building sites in 1999-2000? (3)
5.What is CDM Regulation 13? (3)
6.What is a designer under CDM Regulations? (4)
7.What is the difference between a risk and a hazard? (5)
8.What does COSHH stand for? (2)
9.What is Clause 2(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974? (5)
10.What does RIDDOR stand for? (3)
National Examining Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) www. nebosh. org. uk The examining and awarding body for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) recognised qualifications, including: the National Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health; National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health; Specialist Diploma in Environmental Management; and the National Certificate in Construction Safety and Health.
Construction Industry Research and Information Association www. ciria. org. uk/ CIRIA is a non-profit UK organisation that provides best-practice safety guidance to professionals working in the construction industry. Website has information about the organisation, its research, publications and so on.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 www. healthandsafety. co. uk (website of Professional Health and Safety Consultants) An Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work.
'COSHH: A Brief Guide to the Regulations', HSE, INDG Series 136 (rev1) Leaflet mainly intended for contractors'employers to remind them of their duties, although a useful synopsis which should be understood by all health and safety professionals.
'Essentials of Health and Safety at Work.3rd edition'1999, HSE, Reprint (with amendments) A useful guidance note which spells out the statutory requirements as well as offering handy hints on how to avoid hazards.
'Health and Safety in Demolition Work '. HSE, Guidance Notes General Series (GS) GS29/4 Part 1: preparation and planning Part 2: legislation Part 3: techniques Part 4: health hazards Reference source: Technical Indexes
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