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Implementing Safety in Design

Learn how to implement Safety in Design in a practical way to create a safe and healthy workplace.
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Learn how to implement Safety in Design in a practical way to create a safe and healthy workplace.

Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation requires engineers and designers to consider the hazards presented throughout the entire life of an asset. This is to ensure ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ that the design is safe to build, install, test, commission, operate, maintain and demolish.

During this one-day course, you’ll learn how to apply Safety in Design, integrated with the end-to-end engineering and design process.

Participating in case studies will reinforce your understanding of how Safety in Design contributes to minimising the likelihood of workplace incidents and injuries.

By the end of this course, you'll understand the tools, practices and techniques that lead to safer design outcomes. These will also help you comply with your duties under WHS legislation and the equivalent legislation in WA and Victoria.

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8 hours
Face to Face

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Face to Face
Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • 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, standards, 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?

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

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
Towards chartered

Towards chartered

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

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*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.

Trevor Zwar
Daniel Milne
Mike Hurd

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.


[The course introduced me to] new ways of thinking eg. human asset, asset interface.

participant, 2019
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