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 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.
- 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?
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.
Trevor Zwar is a senior systems engineer at Engineering. Systems. Management. (ESM). He specialises in engineering management and systems engineering, with a focus on safety and designer WHS duties.
With more than 10 years of professional engineering experience, Trevor has practised in the electrical, mechanical and control systems disciplines. He has worked across the engineering lifecycle in multiple industries. He has presented his work at national conferences, and worked with research institutions to develop new technologies.
Trevor holds bachelor degrees in mechatronic engineering (hons) and economics, and is a Chartered member of Engineers Australia.
He is passionate about safety in engineering and is a member of the Engineers Australia's SA Engineered Safety Group.
Daniel Milne brings his expertise in engineering management, control systems engineering and safety in design to his role as control systems engineer at Engineering. Systems. Management. (ESM).
He has specialist experience in the defence sector and oil and gas industry, and has worked in Australia and overseas.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Electrical and Electronic) from the University of Adelaide.
Daniel is passionate about promoting a culture of safe practice and quality.
Mike Hurd is the founder of Engineering. Systems. Management. His 25 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 Committee in South Australia. This committee brings together safety professionals to promote safety in the engineering lifecycle.
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.