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Lighting Design Process
The lighting design process is subject to the same safety and health considerations as any other design process. It is worth remembering that an individual does not have to be appointed as a designer to be subject to statutory duties defined by current legislation.
The Construction Regulations clearly defines the duties of both the designer and the client. In addition, it defines both the design process and what actions constitutes a designer. A decision made by the client can be construed as a design decision (even if the decision is not communicated in writing) and therefore the client can be regarded as a designer.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 – S.I. No. 291 of 2013 – 1st August 2013 stipulate certain records be maintained and be made available to other designers that may have an appropriate interest in the project, the client and the Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP).
Clients often avail of free design services from manufacturers and suppliers, however it must be borne in mind that these designs are provided on an ‘advisory basis’, often without the benefit of a site visit. Providers of such designs are subject to the same statutory duties as a consulting designer, however, enforcing such duties on free designers may result in the withdrawal of their services.
We believe that if a client accepts and implements an ‘advisory design’ then the client becomes a designer and must comply with the statutory duties laid down for designers. Therefore, you may be exposing yourself and your employer to prosecution by the HSA if there is an accident during construction, maintenance or use of the project.
We would recommend that any free lighting design be checked and approved by a competent lighting designer, who meets all the statutory duties. Please contact us if you wish to learn more about this topic.