CABE President David Taylor joined a panel discussion with senior representatives from health, safety and construction at the Association for Project Safety’s National Conference in Cardiff on 5 September 2017.
The Conference took place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and its theme was ‘Making Project Safety Matter’.
The discussion considered what “SKE” would look like in practice for those carrying out the Principal Designer role. It touched on the role of the professional institutions, the need for good CPD and the role of training and qualifications.
Joining David round the discussion table were APS President, Bobby Chakravarthy; IIRSM President, Siobhan Donnelly; CIAT President, Gary Mees; RIBA Director of Practice, Lucy Carmichael, and LABC President, Richard Scott.
During the discussion, David stressed "that the skills gap generally appeared to be widening in the industry and that there were people who were certainly “designers” under the definitions of CDM, but who did not realise this, and its implications."
He also stressed "that real engagement with the role was an ethical issue for design teams: good health and safety performance wasn’t just a matter of ‘legal compliance’, but a moral duty on those with input in design choices."