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.

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NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding
In 2019, a major advance by NIOSH researchers on an early PtD initiative was the publishing of NIOSH guidance for chemicals that do not have authoritative exposure limits (see the discussion on Health Hazard Banding below).  Published in July, “The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process for Chemical Risk Management” (, is accompanied by a web-based e-Tool (

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