The concept of designing-out hazards is not new. It remains the most effective
way to prevent harm. Unfortunately, history shows us that it is a concept used
all too little.
Since many years the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH) operates the initiative on Prevention through Design (PtD) with the
goal of designing out occupational hazards to protect workers. PtD encompasses
all of the efforts to anticipate and design out hazards to workers in
facilities, work methods and operations, processes, equipment, tools, products,
new technologies, and the organization of work. Too often, workers (including
those who perform maintenance tasks) have not been considered in the design
The focus of PtD is on workers who execute the designs or have to work with the
products of the design. The initiative has been developed to support designing
out hazards, the most reliable and effective type of prevention.
AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)