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Snapshot – What is Safe Design?

Snapshot Video: What is Safe Design?

A Definition:

Safe design is about integrating hazard identification and risk assessment methods early in the design process, to eliminate or minimise risks of injury throughout the life of a product. This applies to buildings, structures, equipment and vehicles.

Safe Work Australia website (see Copyright Statement).

Why is it Important?

In Australia:

  • Of 639 work-related fatalities from 2006­­ to 2011, one-third (188) were caused by unsafe design or design-related factors contributed to the fatality.
  • Of all fatalities where safe design was identified as an issue, one fifth (21%) was caused by inadequate protective guarding for workers.

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