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2 Day CPD Validated Course - Designing for Safety in Construction

Course Dates and Times:

Day 1 - Tuesday 26 September 2023 9.30am-4.30pm

Day 2 - Tuesday 3 October 2023 9.30am-4.30pm

Course Fees:

Staff of Member firms €480

Engineers Ireland members €480 (Engineers Ireland membership number must be provided to )

Non ACEI/Engineers Ireland Members  €560

Fee includes copy of documentation

*** Receive 10% discount for 2 or 3 bookings

*** Receive 15% discount for 4 or more bookings


Who should attend:        

• Engineers

• Architects

• Permanent works designers

The aim of the course to provide practical guidance to engineers and designers on how to comply with their duties under the Safety Health & Welfare at Work legislation. The course is based on the Designing for Safety in Construction Manual, authored by Jack Kavanagh, Chartered Engineer, FIEI FConsEI and published jointly by ACEI, Engineers Ireland & RIAI.


The programme will take the form of structured lectures covering five Modules, based on the ‘Designing for Safety in Construction’ Manual and the Briefing Notes published by the professional bodies: ACEI; Engineers Ireland; Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI); Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI).

The lectures will be interspersed with short workshops, and the course will conclude with an open book examination. 

Successful applicants will be awarded an ACEI/Engineers Ireland approved ‘DSC Certificate’ which meets the requirements of the 2013 Government procurement procedures.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the programme, a participant will be informed on recommended practice in respect of:

• The duties of a designer under the legislation

• Statutory duties overriding contractual duties

• The ‘general principles of prevention’ and taking account of them during design of permanent works.

• ‘Hazards’, ‘risks’ and ‘particular risks’

• Designers’ risk assessment, hazard elimination, risk mitigation.

• Co-operating with other designers

• Protocols within design teams

• Providing information for the Preliminary Health & Safety Plan Certification (permanent and temporary works)

• Taking directions from the PSDP or PSCS

• How to deal with situations where no PSDP has been appointed to the project

Trainer/course designer profiles:

• Kevin Rudden BScEng, EurIng, FConsEI, CEng. MIEI

• Ronan McElwain BEng(Hons), MSc Mgmt, PGDip ABRC, PGDip H&S, CEng MIEI, MIStructE, MICE, Grad IOSH, RConsE

• Adam Goff BE Mech, PgD Const H&S, PgD Proj Mgt, MSc(EHS), GradIOSH, CEng

The course trainers and the author of the DSC Manual Jack Kavanagh are all practicing chartered engineers working in consulting engineering design companies.

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After successful completion of the course, if participants submit a project assignment and undertake an interview, they will be assessed by DIT and can attain 5 ECTS credits equivalent to one module on the DIT Masters of Engineering in Sustainable Infrastructure.  Further information from Dr Niall Holmes, Assistant Head in the School of Civil & Structural Engineering at the Technological University Dublin,