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Prevention through Design by NIOSH for Safety and Health

Prevention through Design (PtD) is a cost effective safety program that starts with innovation, design and engineering

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Prevention through Design (PtD)

Addressing occupational safety and health needs in the design process to prevent or minimize the work-related hazards and risks associated with the construction, manufacture, use, maintenance, and disposal of facilities, materials, and equipment.

One of the best ways to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is to "design out" or minimize hazards and risks early in the design process.

NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) is leading the national Prevention through Design (PtD) initiative to promote its importance in all business decisions.

Business leaders are recognizing PtD as a cost-effective means to enhance occupational safety and health.

NIOSH has partnered with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, Kaiser Permanente, Liberty Mutual, the National Safety Council (NSC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ORC Worldwide, and the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering for the development of a National Initiative on Prevention through Design.

The ultimate goal of the PtD initiative is to prevent or reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities through the inclusion of prevention considerations into all designs that impact workers.

Project SHAPE (Safety and Health Awareness for Preventive Engineering) was a collaborative project between NIOSH, engineering professional societies, and engineering schools to enhance the education of engineering students in occupational safety and health.

Safety and Design Resources

National Safety Council’s Institute for Safety through Design

This organization’s mission is to reduce the risk of injury, illness and environmental damage by integrating decisions affecting safety, health and the environment in all stages of the design process.

Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SAChE) Program

This program provides teaching materials and programs to bring elements of process safety into the education of undergraduate and graduate students studying chemical and biochemical products and processes.

Design for Construction Safety

This site provides information on design as a critical aspect of construction safety, including resources and information on the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable.

Minerva Safety Management Education

Minerva is a not for profit corporation dedicated to improving business effectiveness through Safety Management Education.

Safety in Design

This UK organization provides benchmarked standards for knowledge and competence for designers.

Design Best Practice

This UK organization provides information and resources to assist people in complying with UK construction design management regulations. It includes case studies.

Australian Safety and Compensation Council

The Australian Government's Safe Design Initiative. Safe Design is a process of hazard identification and risk assessment to eliminate or minimize risk of injury through out the life of the product.

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