Introduction

If you ask someone in the safety profession, "Do you want to reduce risk and save money at the same time?" the answer is always a resounding "yes." That's why the concept of Prevention through Design (PtD) has gained so much momentum in the past few years.

PtD is an invaluable tool that allows organizations to address safety measures early in the design process, which has proven to decrease risk and save money. Risk is minimized by eliminating hazards before they're created and applying solutions higher in the Hierarchy of Controls. Costs are reduced in two ways: in applying the initial solution, and by minimizing injuries, reducing claims, and decreasing lost production time.

Applying PtD can have a dramatic impact on an organization's overall safety program, since it applies to all aspects of safety—from fall protection to electrical safety to confined spaces. PtD principles can be used when designing process upgrades, renovations, demolitions and new construction.

Even if you conceptually agree with PtD, how do you begin implementing it in your organization? This paper explains key principles for getting started with PtD, and concludes with how one organization implemented the process.

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