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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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Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2017
This is the third in a series of studies that demonstrate the financial and project benefits that contractors gain from their safety investments. The NIOSH PtD program and other PtD practitioners and researchers contributed to this report, which suggests that while active consideration of safety during building design, PtD, is still an emerging practice – it is well positioned for wider acceptance in the design and construction industry.

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.