Short Courses

Safety in Design - Requirements of WHS Legislation

Learn what safety in the engineering design process is and how you can apply it to comply with the relevant legislation.

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Learn what safety in the engineering design process is and how you can apply it to comply with the relevant legislation.

Work, Health and Safety (WHS) legislation and its equivalents in WA and Victoria require engineers to consider potential risks over the life of a design. This is to ensure that your design is safe to build, operate, maintain and demolish.

In this half-day course, you'll gain a thorough understanding of your obligations under relevant legislation and ISO 31000. You'll also learn how to meet those obligations using safe design principles across the whole lifecycle of a project.

You'll use case studies and practical exercises to get a clear view of how implementing safety in design principles can help you prevent injuries, reduce costs and improve productivity.

Once you've completed this course, you'll have the tools, practices and techniques you need to bring a safe design approach to your work.

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4 hour

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

  • Legislative obligations for designers
  • A systematic approach to risk management
  • Tools, practices and techniques to implement safe designs
  • How safety and design fits into the risk management framework
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

The workshop is suitable for:

  • design engineers
  • architects
  • design managers
  • engineering consultants
  • risk managers.

It's also suitable for contractors involved in the construction industry.

Those with an interest in infrastructure design, construction, operation and maintenance will also find it useful.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

  • Introduction to safety and defining risk
  • The fundamentals of managing risks
  • Legislation
  • Risk management in engineering
  • Understanding good practice, what is 'reasonably practicable' and 'grossly disproportionate'
  • Consequences of poor risk management
  • Risk management standard AS ISO 31000
  • Risk mitigation and reduction methodology: ALARP, SFAIRP
  • Risk management tools: CHAIR, HAZOP, CHAZOP
  • Safety case documentation
  • Mini workshop exercises
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 infrastructure
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.

John Giles FIEAust CPEng
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