Designing for health in construction – guidance for designers (P3086)


Clients, designers and contractors can do more to put health at the forefront of their considerations when making design decisions. There has been a step change in the way health and safety is managed in the construction industry over the last 10 years with behavioural safety programmes making a significant contribution to improved performance. However the long term health effects on the construction workforce is still a concern.

This new good practice guidance which is complementary to existing Construction Design and Management guidance produced by CIRIA and other organisations. The scope of the guidance will cover the design considerations and decisions that lead to better construction approaches and site practices. The financial and economic case will support the aspirations of legislation. The expected target audience will be designers as defined by CDM 2015 but it will provide valuable information for all duty holders under the regulations.

Project aims
The project’s key objectives will be to:
  • Identify the relevant construction work activities with health risks
  • Identify the risks considerations in design at concept, scheme and detailed design stage
  • Set out the financial and economic impact of designing for health
  • Provide examples of risk mitigation or methods of solution
  • Provide examples and or case studies of risk reduction – issues addressed at different stages.
Project status
CIRIA is seeking engagement with industry and funding support for the project.

Download  the full proposal.

Further information
To find out more contact Kieran Tully at CIRIA.