MMP Quantity Surveyors

Ensuring safety through cohesion in the Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) role

A critical factor in providing construction project management services is a comprehensive understanding of health and safety regulations and how to put them into practice. It requires substantial skill and experience to transfer a single, fixed set of rules to a diverse range of unique projects. Devising an expansive health and safety plan on the basis of design plans is a specialised skill. The Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) is a dedicated role that requires these abilities be combined with effective coordination of multiple groups.

A specifically assigned project management role, the Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) requires that the individual or group assigned organise cooperation between the various designers involved in a project. The aim of the role is to coordinate the designers such that the health and safety of those involved in the construction is properly ensured.

With so many areas of potential injury or harm in a large construction project, this provides the project supervisor role with a large number of duties. Of critical importance in this regard is the coordination of designers. Where there is a miscommunication or misunderstanding between designers there is a greater potential for confusion and injury on the construction site. By supervising the coordination between designers the PSDP can minimise the risk to workers on the project.

Another of the primary duties the PSDP must carry out is the identification of potential hazards that might arise. This must be done with an overview of the different elements of the project that occur before construction begins. These include reviewing the designs for risk as well as determining risks that may result from organisational factors such as schedules and planning.

Not only must they identify these potential hazards and risks but they must also determine ways in which to safely eliminate hazards once identified and take steps to reduce as far as possible any remaining risks.

Comprehensive health and safety plans are also the responsibility of the Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP). These must be documented and provided to the client in advance of any tender.

Mulcahy McDonagh and Partners have acted as PSDP on many projects for clients from different sectors.