NIOSH is leading a national initiative, launched in July 2007, called Prevention Through Design (PTD). This initiative has engaged the government, academia and industry in promoting the concept of designing out and minimizing occupational risks. The purpose of PTD is to eliminate hazards and reduce risk at the source by considering safety and health implications early in the design cycle; this is more effective than the traditional risk management approach. As awareness of the PTD concept grows, more SH&E professionals are calling for a concerted emphasis on the engineering and technical aspects of a safe design during the planning phase, which reduces risks and minimizes hazards throughout a facility's life. This article is based primarily on proceedings of the practice session held during the August 2011 NIOSH conference, "Prevention Through Design: A New Way of Doing Business," which was organized to highlight the progress made in implementing the PTD initiative since its inception.
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