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Prevention Through Design - Addressing Occupational Risks in the Design & Redesign Processes

Summary: Thanks to NIOSH’s Prevention Through Design (PtD) initiative, a fundamental shift could occur in the practice of safety that would place greater emphasis on the higher and more effective decision levels in the hierarchy of controls. Since hazards analyses and risk assessments are the core of the PtD concept, the impact on the knowledge needs of SH&E practitioners will be significant. This article provides guidelines addressing those needs.


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