Safe design involves identifying reasonably foreseeable hazards as part of the design process, assessing health and safety risks, eliminating or reducing such risks, and reviewing control measures.
Safe design overview
Designers of buildings and structures
Designers should consider the entire life cycle of a building or structure. A safe design approach can assist designers in meeting their duty by identifying hazards and eliminating or reducing risks during the design phase.
A safe design approach should be applied as early as possible during the design of workplace layouts, as once operational it may be too late to make substantial changes.
A safe design approach can assist duty holders in meeting their obligations by identifying hazards and eliminating or minimising risks as part of designing the ways work is done. This can have a significant impact on the health and safety of employees and other people who work at the workplace.
Safe design of plant
Employers, and persons with management or control of workplaces, also have a general duty under sections 21 and 26 of the Act to ensure that workplaces are safe and without risks to health. This includes ensuring that plant and other items introduced into the workplace are safe and without risks to health.
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