Design for Safety
The following resources address how accounting for employee safety in the design stage of a project may result in fewer injuries and illnesses and increased productivity. Organizations that eliminate or reduce hazards by making design or engineering changes generally improve their workplace safety and health and save money in the long run. For example, an organization that spends money up front to design out a workplace safety hazard will often save money through reduced training costs, less need for personal protective equipment, and the savings associated with fewer workplace injuries and illnesses.
Design for Construction Safety. Construction Institute of the American
Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Maintained by T. Michael Toole, Associate
Professor at Bucknell University and an active participant in the ASCE
Construction Institute, as a product of the
OSHA Alliance Program’s Construction Roundtable. Designing for
construction safety is the process of addressing construction site safety and
health in the design of a project. Benefits include increased productivity,
reduced workers' compensation costs, and fewer delays caused by accidents
Engineering Practice Specialty. American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
This ASSE practice specialty is a resource for technical knowledge and
expertise on safety engineering issues.
- Prevention through Design. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Provides information on NIOSH’s national Prevention through Design initiative.
For other resources on Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, see Additional Information.