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. SH&E professionals and design engineers have different roles in PTD. Typically, safety professionals develop, enforce and monitor safety-related policies, while design engineers address technical details of project design and execution, and comply with project specifications, building codes and regulations. Therefore the owner may influence adoption of PTD policies by including an SH&E professional on project design teams, beginning with the kickoff team that meets at the conceptual design stage. PTD policy is a complex topic because it is controlled by a multitude of stakeholders and may significantly affect hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations across many industries. To date, federal government efforts to establish PTD policy have been fragmented.
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