As an engineer, you have a legal duty under Work Health and Safety laws (and the equivalent OHS legislation in Victoria) to make sure the products and assets you design are safe.
To fulfil this duty, you need to consider all the potential hazards that might emerge at every stage of your design’s lifecycle. That includes during construction, installation, testing, commissioning, operation, maintenance, decommissioning, demolition, and disposal.
This course will support you in meeting these legal requirements, by improving your awareness of the tools, practices, and techniques for identifying and managing hazards.
You will also develop your practical skills, by participating in a case study example where you plan the Safety in Design activities for a major project.
By the end of the course, you will have a deeper understanding of how to meet your legal obligations by integrating Safety in Design into your engineering and design processes.
7 February - 8 February
10 April - 11 April
11 June - 12 June
28 August - 29 August
16 October - 17 October
This online short course will run over four sessions on the following dates:
7 – 8 February 2024, 9am – 1PM AEDT
10 – April 2024, 12pm – 4pm AEST
11 – June 2024, 9am – 1pm AEST
28 – August 2024, 12pm – 4pm AEST
16 – October 2024, 9am – 1pm AEST
Registrations close three business days before the scheduled course start date.
- What Safety in Design is – when it applies and how it fits into the engineering and design lifecycle
- The benefits of Safety in Design – why consider it early in the engineering and design lifecycle
- How to contribute to a safe design culture in your workplace – leading to cost savings and other benefits
- How to find the relevant legislation, codes of practice, and how they apply
- Safety in Design terminology – terms such as 'reasonably practicable', 'grossly disproportionate', and how they apply
- Implementing Safety in Design best practice for hazard identification and analysis
- How to use Safety in Design tools – engineering and design practices and techniques
- Running a Safety in Design review (workshop) – what to expect if you attend a review
- The answers to questions you have about Safety in Design
Is this course for you?
This course is most suitable if you have a basic understanding of Safety in Design and are:
- a designer
- an engineer
- a project manager
- a design manager or technical lead
- a procurement or contracts person
- an engineering consultant
- an architect
- a safety advisor or safety manager.
You'll benefit from this course regardless of your discipline and industry.
If you're in the construction industry, or you procure, own, operate and maintain infrastructure, this course will help you understand what to expect from designers, manufacturers, constructors and suppliers.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Topics we'll cover
- Defining Safety in Design
- The benefits of Safety in Design
- Relevant legislation in your state, standards, and codes of practice (compliance codes)
- How to make a safe design: the hazard treatment process
- Terminology, such as 'reasonably practicable', 'grossly disproportionate', 'ALARP' and 'SFAIRP'
- Understanding good practice and finding the best way to address hazards
- Engineering and design tools, practices and techniques that lead to safer designs
- Case studies and exercises to demonstrate the practical applications and benefits of Safety in Design
Take this course to build skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:
- 4. Develop safe and sustainable solutions
- 6. Identify, assess and manage risks
- 7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements
*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee you a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.
Andrew holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Ergonomics and Human Factors, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Engineering Management, and a Diploma in Work Health & Safety. Andrew’s previous experience involves 17 years in the UK Royal Air Force, where he completed four years as a human factors trainer, moving to Australia in 2019.
His background within an aviation safety culture and education in quality approaches has resulted in Andrew endorsing correct approaches to produce quality outcomes. A member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia and Associate Member of Engineers Australia, Andrew has a strong focus on safety in design including improving the opportunities for operations and maintenance staff to ‘do it right’ by ensuring designs account for the human elements of any system.
With E.S.M., Andrew has created numerous procedures and documentation to support best-practice Safety in Design, scribed for and facilitated workshops, and conducted gap analyses of organisations, helping them improve safety in design processes.
Mike Hurd is the founder of Engineering. Systems. Management. His 30 years' experience includes working with high-integrity systems such as nuclear plants, submarines, rail signalling and control, and electricity transmission and distribution networks.
A leader in safe design, Mike has developed processes, templates and training to improve systems and processes in engineering organisations. His teaching greatly benefits from his extensive experience applying safety in design and working with tools that promote safe outcomes.
In 2013 Mike founded the Engineers Australia's Engineered Safety Group in South Australia. This committee brings together safety professionals to promote safety in the engineering lifecycle.
Rebekah is a senior control systems engineer at Engineering. Systems. Management. (E.S.M.). She is an engineering safety specialist, a trained and experienced risk workshop facilitator and has been a TUV Functional Safety Engineer since 2009.
With over 17 years’ experience across multiple industries including defence, mining, power generation and infrastructure, Rebekah’s experience spans the full engineering lifecycle from concept design to commissioning—and even decommissioning. She has worked for the major players in many industry sectors, including secondments at BHP and Santos. She holds a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Hons), is a Chartered member of Engineers Australia and has served as the Chair of the Engineers Australia's SA Division Engineered Safety Group. She also holds certificate four in training and education (2011).
The course was relevant to my role and the systems it demonstrated will be utilised.
The facilitator took his time to run through any questions and further explain examples.
Methodical approach to assessing safety in design, including explaining the concept of "reasonably practicable". The format worked well, with good interaction with participants.