The term designer is widely encompassing and includes anyone who carries out design work, or arranges for or who instructs others to do so; or anyone who selects products for construction. The term “designer” relates to the function performed, rather than the profession or job title. As well as those traditionally regarded as designers (e.g. architects, structural engineers, and civil engineers), designers are also those who prepare drawings and specifications (e.g. building services engineers, quantity surveyors, and some departmental personnel).

 Designers must:

 (a)           ensure they are competent for the job they are undertaking

 (b)           so far as reasonably practicable, design out hazards that may give rise to foreseeable risks and reduce risks from any remaining hazards, during construction and during maintenance and use of the finished project; e.g. by ensuring their design avoids risks to those

     (i)     carrying out construction work, or those liable to be affected by it

     (ii)     who will clean the windows, ceilings, or roofs of the building

     (iii)     who will maintain the permanent fixtures and fittings of the building

     (iv)     who will work in the building.

 (c)           provide any relevant information that will assist clients, other designers, and contractors to comply with their duties under the Regulations.

Staff in departments should recognise that they may, perhaps inadvertently, take on the role of designer or principal designer. If they do this, then they must ensure that they understand the accompanying designers’ duties and they are competent to undertake them.