Prevention through design (PTD) aims to initiate a design process that anticipates and prevents workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities. To mitigate and prevent work-related morbidity and mortality, it is necessary to design out hazards by assessing potential risks and subsequently developing better and safer solutions (Manuele, 2008a; 2008b). Several consensus standards provide guidance on implementation of PTD strategies (ANSI/AIHA, 2005; ANSI/ASSE, 2011). To incorporate a PTD mind-set through-out all industrial and services sectors, engineers and safety professionals must develop the skills needed to effectively apply a PTD process (Heidel & Ripple, 2012). According to NIOSH (2011):
PTD requires the development and implementation of a broad educational framework adapted to the full range of occupational disciplines and educational settings involved in sup-porting the PTD initiative. The educational objectives and content will vary significantly based on the individual discipline or education setting.
To determine whether PTD principles are being incorporated into higher education, NIOSH has been tracking 1) the number of textbooks, certification examinations and standards that reference PTD concepts; and 2) the number of institutions working with NIOSH or its partners to incorporate PTD principles into curricula. Progress is being made in both areas.
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