Prevention through Design Program

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The mission of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Prevention through Design (PtD) Program is to prevent or reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities through the inclusion of prevention considerations in all designs that impact workers. “Designing out” occupational hazards and risks is the most effective way to protect workers. The PtD program works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia.

Featured Items

New Resources for Construction
The PtD Program collaborated with CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, on construction solutions for ladder grab barsExternal, skylightsExternal, push-fit pipeExternal, and vibration protectionExternal.

NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding
A topic page was published for the proposed exposure banding process, including a Current Intelligence Bulletin, e-Tool, Toxicology Primer, and training and education. Even though many chemicals lack authoritative exposure limit guidelines, the exposure banding process, started as a PtD project, offers the possibility of designing-out or reducing hazards pro-actively.

NIOSH Workplace Design Solutions for Nanotechnology
Three new Workplace Design Solutions were published to provide concise and practical methods to apply PtD in the production, handling, and processing of the very finely grained materials of nanotechnology. These Workplace Design Solutions distill extensive NIOSH research and field work into short, focused, and actionable guides for the control or elimination of workplace hazards.

Page last reviewed: August 18, 2017, 12:00 AM