In August 2011, NIOSH hosted" Prevention Through Design: A New Way of Doing Business," a conference attended by 175 stakeholders that focused on applying prevention through design (PTD) principles within multiple industry sectors. Conference tracks focused on education, research, practice and policy. All presentations are available on ASSE's website (http://www.asse.org/professionalaffairs_new/ptd.php). Although no presentations specifically addressed policy, this article provides an opportunity to identify policies that relate to PTD and influence its advancement and diffusion throughout multiple industries.
The term policy is vague and has many meanings. A common thread across definitions is that policies dictate a pro-posed course of action and are typically set by organizations or institutions, rather than by individuals. Safety professionals can help their organizations establish and enforce safety-related policies, many of which may be borrowed from or reference policies established by national trade associations or consensus standards on this topic. Policies and standards together effect change in safety culture.
This article summarizes PTD-related policies associated with federal agencies and national organizations. Many SH&E professionals and researchers regard this concept as a highly promising means for reducing occupational hazards by engineering out hazards faced by users, manufacturers, constructors and maintenance workers.