Prevention through Design – Guidance & Publications

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Guidance & Publications

The Prevention through Design program is pleased to announce the publication of the PtD Program-Performance One-Pager (PPOP), May 2016. We also invite you to view PPOP summary sheets for other NIOSH programs here:

The Prevention through Design program is pleased to announce the publication of The State of the National Initiative on Prevention through Design (PtD).

Training Materials

The Prevention through Design Program is pleased to announce the release of four education modules, consisting of an Instructor’s Manual and a slide deck. Each module outlines the motivations for PtD, encourages inclusion of worker health and safety considerations early in the design process, and identifies hazards associated with the topic.

The Architectural Design and Construction Education Module covers site planning and excavation, specific building elements such as skylights, solar panels and green roofs, general safety considerations, and hazards associated with decommissioning a building.

The Reinforced Concrete Design Education Module covers concrete design, detailing, fabrication and erection processes. Examples are provided to enable structural engineers and detailers to incorporate PtD into their reinforced concrete designs.

Topics in the Structural Steel Design Education Module include the steel design, detailing, fabrication and erection processes. Examples are provided to enable structural engineers and detailers to incorporate PtD into their steel designs.

The Mechanical-Electrical Systems Education Module covers electrical hazards and presents NORA goals for working with electricity. A wind farm case study demonstrates effective PtD solutions for fall protection. The research facility case study identifies PtD concepts applied to mechanical-electrical systems safety. This module contains five short videos in the PowerPoint version. In the Adobe version, links are provided to access captioned videos through the internet.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

The Prevention through Design initiative is broadly supported by hundreds of stakeholders. There have been close to 100 PtD journal articles and publications. Listed below are several papers published in 2013.

Occupational safety and health, green chemistry, and sustainability: a review of areas of convergence
Environ Health Glob Access Sci Source 2013 Apr; 12(4):31

Education: integrating PTD into undergraduate curricula
Prof Saf 2013 Mar; 58(3):44-49

Policy Development: A Key Factor in Promoting PtD
Prof Saf 2013 Jan; 58(1):41-47

Research: The Power of Collaboration
Prof Saf 2013 Jan; 58(1):48-54

Practice designing out hazards in the real world
Prof Saf 2013 Jan; 58(1):34-40

Methods for Implementing PtD
Prof Saf 2013 Mar; 58(3):50-55

Supporting PtD Solutions
Prof Saf 2013 Mar; 58(3):56-64

PtD in Motion Newsletter

PtD in Motion is a newsletter published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to help foster communication among practitioners, researchers, and others about the tools and actions related to Prevention through Design. Each newsletter will focus on one industry sector or one of the broader functional areas: Practice, Policy, Research, or Education. Please feel free to contact the editors at with any PtD-related news or topics. We look forward to your input to make PtD in Motion truly a collaborative exchange.

Published Textbooks

Advanced Safety Management: Focusing on Z10 and Serious Injury Prevention, 1st Edition
New York: John Wiley & Sons

Prevention through Design: Transdisciplinary Process
The ISBN: 0-9778129-4-4

Fair, Geyer, and Okun’s Water and Wastewater Engineering: Water Supply and Wastewater Removal, 3rd Edition
New York: John Wiley & Sons

A Brief Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 5th Ed
New York: John Wiley & Sons. (Published on November 23, 2010)

Waste Treatment in the Mining and Chemicals Manufacturing Industries CRC Press
(Published Jan. 2011)

Transdisciplinarity: Bridging Social Science, Natural Science, Humanities and Engineering
The ISBN: 0-9778129-3-6

Engineering Mechanics and Design Applications: Transdisciplinary Engineering Fundamentals
Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Occupational Ergonomics, Theory and Applications. 2nd Edition
Boca Raton: CRC Press

Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 4th Edition
New York: John Wiley & Sons. (Unpublished)

Published Consensus Standards

  • NFPA 70E, Standard for Electricity in the Workplace [2012]
  • ASSE PtD Technical Report TR-Z790.001-2009
  • ASSE-ANSI PtD Standard Z590.3.2011
  • AIHA-ANSI Z-10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • SAE J2194, Roll over Protective Structures for Wheeled Agricultural Tractors
  • ISA 12, Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Locations
  • ASHRAE 5.08 Industrial Ventilation
  • ASHRAE 9.06 Healthcare Facilities
  • ASHRAE 9.11 Clean Spaces
  • ANSI B11, Safety Standards for Machine Tools
  • UL 2201, Portable Engine – Generator Assemblies
  • ANSI B11, Safety Standards for Machine Tools
  • ANSI Z87 Safety Standards for Eye Protection
  • ANSI/AIHA Z9, Health and Safety Standards for Ventilation Systems
  • ANSI A10, Safety in Construction and Demolition Operations
  • ASHRAE 161. Air Quality on Commercial Aircraft


The goal of PtD is to eliminate and prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, fatalities, and exposures. Identification of design-related factors that contribute to work-related injuries and illnesses will support the design and redesign of work environments, tools, equipment, products, and work methods to ensure that hazards are eliminated or substituted and risks are minimized. NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program includes design-related factors that have contributed to workplace fatalities and recommends appropriate design modifications.

View PtD NIOSH FACE Reports

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