Injury prevention

NIOSH extends Prevention through Design initiative

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Washington – NIOSH’s Prevention through Design initiative will be extended for five years to allow time for additional input, the agency announced in a recent report.

Prevention through Design is a safety concept that aims to lower risks for workers by eliminating or reducing hazards as early as possible in the life cycle of equipment, products or facilities. The concept, created in 2007, now is included in 10 engineering textbooks and 25 consensus standards, according to NIOSH, whose partners on the initiative include the National Safety Council.

NIOSH said in the report that it could benefit from more worker input as it seeks to achieve a cultural change for designing out hazards.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the project may contact Jonathan Bach, the new coordinator of the PtD initiative, at jbach@cdc.gov.