Short Courses

Implementing Safety in Design

Learn Safety in Design best practices for your engineering work that will ensure assets are safe throughout their lifecycle.
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Learn Safety in Design best practices for your engineering work that will ensure assets are safe throughout their lifecycle.

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. 

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2 x 4 hour sessions
Location & dates

7 February - 8 February


10 April - 11 April


11 June - 12 June


28 August - 29 August


16 October - 17 October

Additional Information

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.

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 clicking on the button below to request a quote or calling us directly on +61 3 9321 1700.

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, 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.

Andrew Stanley
Andrew Stanley B.Eng(Hons) GradAIEAust
Mike Hurd FIEAust CPEng
Rebekah Reilly MIEAust CPEng

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.

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