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Prevention through Design

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) hosted the conference Prevention through Design—a new way of doing business: a report on the National Initiative on August 22 – 24, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.

ASSE was a sponsor of the event.

The conference marked the mid-point of the Prevention through Design (PtD) National Initiative, led by NIOSH, which aims to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities by "designing out" or minimizing hazards and risks early in the design process.

The conference goal was to take stock of the Nation’s progress in improving worker safety and health by including prevention methods in all designs impacting workers. Significant progress has been made in minimizing worker risks through the design and re-design of facilities, work methods, processes, equipment, and products.  Growing numbers of business leaders recognize PtD as a cost-effective means to enhance occupational safety and health. 

PtD leaders from industry, labor, academia, government agencies, and professional organizations showcased research results, engineering education enhancements, successful stakeholder practices, and policy development and advancement. The 3 finalists in the Design for Safety and Health student contest showcased their PtD engineering designs. A panel session of PtD thought-leaders concluded the event by identifying areas for additional focus. The conference agenda, biographical sketches of the speakers, and speaker presentation materials are available on this webpage.

ASSE is a PtD organizational partner and plays an active role in accomplishing goals in the PtD strategic plan …we may want to include information about the PtD technical report and the ANSI standard, with links to the appropriate web pages.

Additional details on the Prevention through Design National Initiative can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ptd/ and at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/programs/PtDesign/. A Ptd Science Blog about the ANSI ASSE standard is at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/blog/nsb092211_ptd.html