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Prevention Through Design (Z590.3)


Prevention through design addresses efforts during the design or redesign process to eliminate or reduce hazards that cause worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

What Is the Prevention Through Design Standard

The ANSI/ASSP Z590.3 standard helps safety professionals and their employers incorporate prevention through design concepts into decision-making related to the design and redesign of work premises, tools, equipment, machinery, substances and work processes.

Prevention_Through_DesignWhy Use the Prevention Through Design Standard

Safety professionals can use this standard to conduct a life-cycle assessment and develop a design model that balances occupational safety and health goals over the lifespan of a facility, process or product.

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Prevention Through Design in Construction

Prevention through design principles can be applied across all work settings, including high-hazard industries such as construction. ASSP's A10 committee on construction and demolition operations has published a technical report that provides guidance on applying prevention through design concepts in the construction industry to eliminate hazards that endanger workers.

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Get Involved With Z590.3

Help establish ASSP’s policies with regard to consensus safety standards by serving on the prevention through design standard writing committee, or any of our other standards writing committees. Learn more about how ASSP and our members develop standards. Learn more about how ASSP and our members develop standards.

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