Broadening the understanding of how the CDM 2015 Principal Designer role is working in practice

This survey is being conducted for HSE who are launching this important new research to broaden understanding of how the CDM 2015 Principal Designer (PD) role is working in practice (both the benefits and challenges). 

HSE has appointed MPW R&R Ltd (an independent construction safety consultancy) to undertake this important research.  We are inviting you to take part in this important survey.  

In this survey, we are seeking views from a range of people and organisations that have experience of the PD role either by being appointed as a PD, by being appointed as one of the other CDM 2015 duty holders (Client, Designer, Principal Contractor or Contractor) or by working on construction projects where a PD was appointed.

In particular, we are seeking your views on how the PD role is being implemented.

This survey is structured in four parts as follows:

Part 1 - General information about you and your organisation
Part 2 - Application of the PD role in relation to a recent project
Part 3 - Use of scenarios to understand key behaviours that support or detract from the PD role
Part 4 - Your overall conclusions in relation to the PD role

To complete this survey in relation to the questions in Part 2, we would like you to focus on a recent project that your organisation has completed where a PD was appointed and where you have knowledge of the implementation of the PD role on that project.

To complete this survey in relation to specific behaviours in Part 3 and the overall conclusions in Part 4, we would like you to consider all your experiences with PDs on all of the projects that you have worked on.

There are opportunities to provide comments and suggestions in Parts 3 and 4.

It would be very helpful for us to have your response by midnight on Sunday 7th March 2021.

The questionnaire has been set up so that you can complete it electronically in SurveyMonkey in one go. You will not be able to return to a partially completed survey later on. It should take around 30 minutes to complete.

All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence. We will be compiling tables of statistics and drawing general conclusions. No individual company will be identifiable.

Information on the survey forms remains confidential to MPW R&R and our subcontractors Catchfly Ltd and RJ Roels Ltd. Your reply will not be passed on to any other party, including HSE. All survey data will be stored on secure media. Your contact details will not be used for any other purpose other than this survey.

Results will be provided to HSE in aggregated format only, and no individual will be identifiable in our data or reports. Our report will contain aggregated data and conclusions drawn from that data and will be published on HSE's web site as a Research Report.

If you have any queries about completing this survey you can contact MPW R&R on

Thank you in advance for your help.

Dr Mike Webster
Director, MPW R&R
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