Safe Design

Safe Design is an umbrella term describing efforts to consider safety early in the design process – ideally, in the requirements stage before design has even begun!

Safe design is a process defined as the integration of hazard identification and risk assessment methods early in the design process to eliminate or minimise the risks of injury throughout the life of a structure being designed. It encompasses all design including facilities, hardware, systems, equipment, products, layout and configuration.

Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

There are several different phrases associated with Safe Design, as follows:

Safety in Design

This was an Australian initiative to improve the consideration of safety and human factors in the design of infrastructure and plant. This excellent guidance is still relevant.

Posts on Safe Design and related topics:

Safety through Design, Prevention by Design

Prevention through Design (PtD) [US term], also called Safety by Design usually in Europe, is the concept of applying methods to minimize occupational hazards early in the design process, with an emphasis on optimizing employee health and safety throughout the life cycle of materials and processes. It is a concept and movement that encourages construction or product designers to “design out” health and safety risks during design development. The concept supports the view that along with quality, programme and cost; safety is determined during the design stage. It increases the cost-effectiveness of enhancements to occupational safety and health.


I will be posting more about ‘Safety through Design’ / ‘Prevention by Design’ soon…

Safety by Design

In Australia, Safety by Design is a phrase being used by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to promote safer web browsing:

Safety by Design (SbD) is an initiative that places the safety and rights of users at the centre of the design, development and deployment of online products and services.

While the concept of SbD is gaining momentum internationally, our own Australian initiative — to create safer online environments and reduce potential harms — is well progressed. Our work is being shared with international partners to create a consistent global approach.

I have an interest in cyber-security, particularly in the ‘Integrity’ and ‘Availability’ legs of the CIA trifecta (the C stands for ‘Confidentiality’), as these concepts mirror safety concepts. Perhaps The Safety Artisan will get into this subject, one day?

I will be posting more about this soon…

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