Health and Safety is a necessary part of modern life and our responsibilities as both architects and employers is defined by various pieces of legislation. The requirements laid-down in the Construction Design and Management regulations (2007) form the most important health and safety items which affect our clients. Following a commission under an architects appointment, the responsibilities of the client and Architect will be explained for each individual project.
Our policy is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working environment, equipment and systems of work for all our employees, and to provide such information, training and supervision as they need for this purpose.
Our policy is informed by risk assessment procedures which are reviewed to reflect changing conditions or circumstances in the practice.
All personnel are expected to support the policy by implementing the procedures detailed and by advising superiors of changed circumstances or perceived problems.
The policy will be kept up to date, particularly as legislation changes and as the business alters in nature and size. To ensure this, the policy and the way in which it has operated are reviewed at regular intervals.
The partner responsible for the safety / design reviews, the policy and office procedures will be reviewed at least annually or from time to time as required by event and the publication of legislation covering design, materials, assembly techniques and maintenance systems. This shall also take into account the views and representations of staff. The reviews are registered in the Document Control Schedule.
These reviews are carried out against a background of:
1. Verifying base information upon which the design is proposed.
2. A thorough understanding of the client brief and operating agenda for staff, users and visitors.
3. An Understanding of and awareness of existing and consultation documents regarding Design Standards, legislation framework and industry standards, together with in use feedback on both technical systems and materials.
4. Monitoring of trade press for information and technical updates from within the industry.
Combined with regular critical reviews, these procedures safeguard the design, rapidly highlighting contentious issues through informed debate and discussions, followed by minuted actions arising from design reviews to ensure actions are monitored and followed through into drawings and into technical specifications.