The 5 Principles of Safe Design

Safety in design is a critical requirement under many Work, Health and Safety regulations around the world.

While the design brief sets the basic agenda for capacity, function etc. it often omits other elements like the life cycle operation and maintenance costs and minimum safety criteria. The safe operation and maintenance of new facilities needs to be addressed during the design phase, rather than leaving it to the owners and their maintenance staff.

The Safe Work Australia (SWA) website* provides some important information on integrating ‘Safety in Design’ into a new project. They identify five principles of safe design:

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 hazards or 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 a 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.

Is your project compliant? Can you demonstrate this compliance?

Designer and owners need to demonstrate, and provide evidence, that they have addressed safety in design throughout the design process.

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