Designing for health - guidance for designers

This series of guidance sheets are part of a wider initiative across the industry promoting health in the construction sector. In supporting the Health in Construction Leadership Group ICE’s Design for Health (DfH) initiative aims to give our members a suite of high quality advice.

Early design decisions are key to better onsite construction safety.
Early design decisions are key to better onsite construction safety.

Our vision is to make construction the leading industry for occupational health and disease prevention by 2025.

With ICE's DfH initiative, we are pushing the health agenda among the design community, but not to the exclusion of safety and wellbeing. The ICE Health Summit planned for 22 January 2018, will showcase work being done by professionals in the area of ill health across the construction industry. This event is part of the ICE 200 series of events celebrating 200 years of civil engineering achievements. The focus on early design decisions being key to better onsite construction safety, health and wellbeing practices is an excellent notion and should receive prominence across all of the design community.

It is the key behind Prevention through Design (PtD) or Enhancement through Design (EtD), a central tenet of the Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work and core to the requirements within the CDM regulations. Designers have a greater role to play as we advance the vision zero harm agenda and addressing health in construction concerns should be a critical aspect of the design outputs.

You can access our suite of guidance sheets, briefing notes and find out about other relevant ICE published material below.

Disclaimer: The Design for Health Guidance Sheets: While every effort has been made to ensure that the statements made and the opinions expressed provide a safe and accurate guide, no liability or responsibility can be accepted in this respect by the authors or publishers.

Download the briefing sheets below:

Guidance for designers - an introduction
Paving slabs
Roof work
Concrete & Mortar
Internal drainage and building services
Site set up and clearance