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principal designer client adviser
Principal Designers and Client Advisors have an important role in influencing how risks to health and safety are managed throughout a project. Design decisions made during the pre-construction phase have a significant influence in ensuring the project is delivered in a way that secures the health and safety of everyone affected by the work.


Plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase. Review relevant information (such as an existing health and safety file) that may affect design work carried out both before and after the construction phase has started.

Help and advise the client in bringing together pre-construction information, and provide the information designers and contractors need to carry out their duties.

Ensure that all designers comply with their duties under CDM regulations.

Work closely with the designers on a project to eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks and where that is not possible, take steps to reduce or control those risks.

Ensure that everyone involved in the pre-construction phase communicates and cooperates, coordinating their work wherever required.

Liaise with the principal contractor keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase.

Ensuring that the health and safety file is appropriately reviewed, updated and provided in adequate detail at completion