Safety in design guide

Since publication of this note, WA passed a version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws, which became operational on 31 March 2022. See Safe Work Australia for further information.

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Safety in design provides a system to formally document a process demonstrating systematic risk management. This process involves a range of participants and stakeholders in consideration of a range of issues such as aesthetics, function, safety and environment.

In the early stages of a project, the designer should consider the design and its intended purpose, materials to be used, possible methods of construction, maintenance, operation and demolition and identify hazards and control them through elimination, substitution, isolation, engineering, administration or personal protective equipment (PPE).

This guidance note includes a downloadable Safety in design risk register template.

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