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PREVENTION THROUGH DESIGN

NIOSH Prevention through Design Strategic Goals

Goal 2.0: Designers, engineers, machinery and equipment manufacturers, health and safety (H&S) professionals, business leaders, and workers understand PtD methods and apply this knowledge and skills to the design and re-design of new and existing facilities, processes, equipment, tools, and organization of work.

Intermediate Goal 2.1: Develop / disseminate educational programs, training modules, and case studies, including: - Engineering, architecture, business, health and safety professional and allied health curricula; - Vocational-technical programs; - Continuing education courses, professional development courses, and seminars; - Industry trade and public service organization courses; - Training modules for workers and employers.

Projects for Goal 2.1

Activity/Output Number Description Status
2.1.1 Enlist the support of deans of engineering schools to include basic PtD and occupational safety and health principles in required engineering courses.
In progress
2.1.2 Integrate “safe and lean” concepts, such as those outlined in American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B11 TR7 on Designing for Safety and lean manufacturing, into the "lean manufacturing" engineering curricula.
Research opportunity
2.1.3 Include PtD concepts and methods into curricula at NIOSH Education and Research Centers (ERCs) and Training Project Grants (TPGs) (from NIOSH PtD Program).
Task completed
2.1.4 Work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on integrating PtD principles into the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program (from NIOSH PtD Program).
Research opportunity
2.1.5 Provide technical educational seminars and presentations to engineering, architecture, and environmental organizations (e.g., National Association of Environmental Managers).
Task completed
2.1.6 Include PtD professional development courses, roundtables and presentations at all major health and safety (H&S) conferences (from NIOSH PtD Program): http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/programs/ptdesign/conferences.html.
In progress
2.1.7 Educate H&S professionals on demonstrating the business value of PtD projects. Develop and conduct a “Return on Investment” professional development course at American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and National Safety Council (NSC) beginning in 2010. Develop a brief publication on the topic. Develop computer-based training or podcast versions.
In progress
2.1.8 Include cultural and linguistic considerations and accommodations in the design of worker H&S education programs.
Research opportunity
2.1.9 Review National Safety Council (NSC) Institute for Safety through Design educational compendium to determine supplemental information that can be provided or to increase the dissemination of the existing programs.
Research opportunity
2.1.10 Include PtD in 10-hour courses at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute.
Research opportunity
2.1.11 Develop an inventory and summary of existing “PtD” course materials and training programs at Universities and through H&S organizations.
Task completed
2.1.12 Incorporate PtD into the criteria for accrediting engineering, engineering technology, and applied science programs by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Task completed
2.1.13 Include PtD principles in the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) licensure exams.
In progress
2.1.14 Included PtD concepts in the National Sciences Resource Center (NSRC) Science Awareness Program.
Research opportunity
2.1.15 Demonstrate how PtD concepts can be diffused to engineering school curricula by incorporating the relevant case studies into engineering textbooks that focus on design.
Diffusing PtD Principles through Engineering Textbooks

Task completed
2.1.16 Working with engineering educators and PtD safety engineering experts develop a catalog of PtD knowledge topic areas and related skills for the engineer and identify available courses or other sources of content.
Task completed
2.1.17 Identify risk assessment methods essential to the establishment of acceptable risk levels through the application of the hierarchy of controls and include these methods in PtD educational programs, training modules, and case studies.
Task completed
2.1.18 Train new U.S. workforce to operate green technologies safely. Green practices improve the environment and enhance sustainability.
Task completed
2.1.19 Educate the public on recycling and the collection process through public and community outreach programs.
Research opportunity
2.1.20 Educate practitioners and emphasize importance of using upstream thinking (planning, prevention, controlling) as the primary approach to including Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) into sustainability.
Task completed
2.1.21 Determine how to most quickly train workers for performing green jobs safely (e.g., integrating OSH into community college retraining programs). Green practices improve the environment and enhance sustainability.
Task completed
2.1.22 Use Susan Harwood Grants for green worker training. Green practices improve the environment and enhance sustainability.
Research opportunity

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