NIOSH to Launch Safety-Through-Design Initiative

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and several partner organizations will hold a workshop July 9-11 in Washington, D.C., to launch a national initiative to promote the widespread adoption of prevention-through-design principles.

NIOSH is calling the initiative “Prevention Through Design,” or “PtD.” In PtD, occupational safety and health is an important component in the design of workplace facilities, materials, equipment, tools and operations in order to prevent or minimize the risk of work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

According to NIOSH, the workshop will gather leaders from diverse disciplines and industry sectors to explore what constitutes good design for occupational safety and health and why it is critical to business success. Major companies and industry leaders will present the business case for PtD, and participants will have the opportunity to learn about the return on investment of PtD and to share their own expertise in helping to shape a national PtD strategy.

NIOSH's PtD partners and co-sponsors of the workshop are the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, Liberty Mutual, the National Safety Council, OSHA, ORC Worldwide and the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

Workshop Will Include Industry-Centered Breakout Sessions

According to NIOSH:

  • Day 1 will begin at 1 p.m. July 9 with keynote and plenary sessions that will spotlight the success of PtD in several industries in the United States and internationally.
  • Day 2 will engage participants in industry-centered breakout sessions to identify opportunities and develop recommendations for widespread adoption of PtD in each industry.
  • Day 3 will include cross-industry breakout sessions that use the recommendations from the previous day to map out the top overarching issues for PtD in research, education, practice and policy. The workshop concludes at 1 p.m.

The workshop will be held at the Hilton Washington Hotel, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.

More information is available from the NIOSH toll-free information number, (800) 35-NIOSH ([800] 356-4674) or from Rick Rinehart at [email protected]

Registration is available online at Further details about PtD and the workshop, including a preliminary agenda and information for making a hotel reservation, are available at To receive the conference rate on hotel rooms, reservations must be made by June 8.

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