What is Safety in Design?

Under the WHS legislation, Safe Design means the integration of control measures early in the design process to eliminate or, if this is not reasonably practicable, minimise risks to health and safety throughout the life of the structure being designed. The safe design of a structure will always be part of a wider set of design objectives, including practicability, aesthetics, cost and functionality. These sometimes competing objectives need to be balanced in a manner that, so far as is reasonably practicable, does not compromise the health and safety of those who work on or use the structure over its life.

Also, under section 22 WHS Act, The designer must ensure structures are designed to be safe when it is used as a workplace during its lifecycle. This includes during the construction of the structure, the use for purpose for which the structure is designed, the maintenance, cleaning or repair of the structure and the eventual demolition at end of life. Designers must also consider the safety of people in the vicinity of the workplace.

Who has health and safety duties in relation to the design of structures?

  • A person conducting a business or undertaking
  • A person conducting a business or undertaking that designs a structure
  • A person conducting a business or undertaking that commissions construction work
  • A principal contractor

What is involved in managing risks associated with the design of structures?

  1.  Identify hazards and  find out what could cause harm.
  2. Assess risks, if necessary—understand the nature of the harm that could be caused by the hazard, how serious the harm could be and the likelihood of it happening. This step may not be necessary if you are dealing with a known risk with known controls.
  3. Eliminate risks so far as is reasonably practicable.
  4. Control risks, if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, implement the most effective control measures that are reasonably practicable in the circumstances in accordance with the hierarchy of control measures, and ensure they remain effective over time.
  5. Review control measures to ensure they are working as planned.


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What are the benefits of Safety in Design ?

  • Prevent injury and disease
  • Improve useability of products, systems and facilities
  • Improve productivity
  • Reduce costs
  • Better predict and manage production and operational costs over the lifecycle of a product
  • Comply with legislation
  • Innovate, in that safe design demands new thinking.





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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 hazardsor 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.



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