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Designers not always in the know


I read Martin Barnard's review of CDM with interest and thoroughly agree with him regarding the influence of the designer (NCE 14 March).

However, it appears we might be taking the designer's level of knowledge regarding health and safety a little too much for granted.

On 1 February, I ran two health and safety seminars for the Yorkshire association, particularly directed at graduates seriously considering their professional reviews.

A good, basic knowledge of ACoPs and other HSE advice was assumed, yet none of the 38 attending was aware of the range of documents directly relevant to them.

I raised this at a Supervising Civil Engineers forum the following week. Although the principles of CDM were well understood, the evidence was that underpinning knowledge might not be.

I would warn members strongly against signing objectives without ensuring all appropriate elements of them are fully deserved. Not only could lawyers make individuals look utterly foolish, but the integrity of our Institution would be severely damaged.

I would recommend graduates and members to visit the HSE website which contains an expanse of information - including their full publication list.

Bob Bennett, Yorkshire association development officer, Bob@ rcbassociates. freeserve.

co. uk

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