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Designing a Safer Built Environment addresses long-standing uncertainties and challenges faced by designers, highlighted by recent events such as the Grenfell Tower fire, by providing a clear methodology for design risk management. Applicable across projects of all sizes, the book shows how designers can effectively manage risks to safety and health over a structure’s life-cycle whilst also raising standards. Importantly, it is also written for those professionals who manage, oversee, or have a wider interest in the consequences of design work.
The book also has an extensive list of references to further sources of information.
Designing a Safer Built Environment questions, challenges, informs and explains. It is an essential companion for construction industry designers, and also those with associated responsibilities including Design Managers, Principal Designers, Clients and Contractors.
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John Carpenter also discusses how to improve design risk management in his blog.
The Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association represents 300 companies that undertake about 80% of UK infrastructure works. Our members have been increasingly concerned at how risk can be shared equitably, so Designing a Safer Built Environment has come out at just the right time. I was delighted that the author, John Carpenter, asked us for our thoughts on risk, and his book captures these concerns admirably. It should be required reading for any organisation involved in building or maintaining our critical infrastructure.
Guy Lawson, Director of Civil Engineering Contractors Association North West, UK
All too often there is an inconsistent approach to how buildings and major infrastructure schemes are designed to reduce health and safety risks, during construction and when they are are handed over to the end users for operation, leading to poor quality of buildings and infrastructure. During my discussions with the author, John Carpenter, it soon became apparent that Designing a Safer Built Environment is looking to provide practical guidance for designers to improve their performance on how they manage and mitigate health and safety risks. This book is a must read for any clients involved in delivery of buildings, projects and major infrastructure
Gary O’Brien, Director, Construction Clients' Leadership Group, UK
A well thought out book, giving practical advice to all, and very relevant to designers in all fields and stages of career.
Sarah Melville-Crowe, RAF (Ministry of Defence), UK
Part I The challenge of design risk in construction
02 The construction industry
03 The legislative background
04 The wider benefits and lessons from elsewhere
Conclusions from Part I
Part II Practical guidance on design risk management
05 Responsibility and interest in design-related risk
06 CDM: Regulation 9
07 Risk management in action
08 Structural and geotechnical engineering issues
09 Temporary works
Appendix A: Author’s published work used in this text
Appendix B: Contemporary accepted industry guidance for designers
Appendix C1: Basis of design approach
Appendix C2: Recording the risk management process
Appendix D: Other references relating to risk management issues
Appendix E: ‘Swiss cheese model’: In plain sight