Five principles of safe design
- Principle 1: Persons with control—those who make decisions affecting the design of products, facilities or processes are able to promote health and safety at the source.
- Principle 2: Product lifecycle—safe design applies to every stage in the lifecycle from conception through to disposal. It involves eliminating hazards or minimising risks as early in the lifecycle as possible.
- Principle 3: Systematic risk management—apply hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes to achieve safe design.
- Principle 4: Safe design knowledge and capability—should be either demonstrated or acquired by those who control design.
- Principle 5: Information transfer—effective communication and documentation of design and risk control information amongst everyone involved in the phases of the lifecycle is essential for the safe design approach.
– Safe Work Australia website (see Copyright Statement).