Preventing Work-related Incidents With Prevention Through Design

Prevention Through Design (PtD), a new trend in the industry, is now believed to be one of the best ways to prevent and control occupational incidents. The idea: to “design out” or minimize hazards and risks early in the design process.

The ultimate goal of the PtD initiative is to prevent or reduce work-related injuries, illnesses, fatalities, and exposure by including specific prevention considerations in all designs that impact workers. By identifying factors that contribute to work-related incidents, businesses are able to positively influence the design or redesign of work environments, tools, equipment, products and work methods to ensure that hazards are eliminated and risks are minimized.

Currently, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is leading a national initiative to promote PtD and highlight its importance. And it’s making an impact. Many U.S. companies support PtD concepts and have developed management practices to implement them, recognizing PtD as a cost-effective means to enhance occupational safety and health. In countries such as the UK and Australia, businesses are actively promoting PtD standards and have already seen positive results. While NIOSH is serving as a catalyst to establish this initiative here in the U.S., it’s important that individual businesses actively participate in addressing these goals within their organization to make PtD a reality.

To learn more about how Saint Francis Medical Center can assist with workplace safety, call Chad Clippard, business liaison, at 573-331-3019.