ICE MEMBERS are being challenged to demonstrate their commitment to designing safely by joining the ICE's newly formed Health & Safety Register.
The register will for the first time allow experienced engineers to benchmark themselves against a defined level of competency in the application of health and safety.
The Institution hopes that the register will prove popular with clients seeking best practice in their projects, which in turn will make it popular with consultants wishing to gain competitive advantage.
'We want to help clients find a way to do health and safety better, ' said ICE director general Tom Foulkes.
The register will also provide individual engineers with an additional line of defence should anything go wrong.
'One of the hardest things in health and safety is being able to prove that you have done enough, ' explained ICE health and safety board chairman Liz Bennett. 'This is something to add to your defences.'
The register comes in response to growing concerns about construction's appalling safety record.
'It is a national scandal that so many people get killed in the industry, ' said Foulkes. 'Since 1964 the construction industry has killed six times as many people as any other industry.
'It is important that the Institution is leading the way with an initiative that may help stop it.'
Getting on to the register will be rigorous. Applicants will need 10 years experience working in the construction industry, with both a sound working knowledge of the design process and experience of the site processes.
Competence will be demonstrated through a detailed application form, interview and open-book test.
Once on the register, engineers will need to resubmit their CPD record biennially.
For information contact ICE health and safety co-ordinator Peter Fry +44 20 7665 2213.