National prevention through design (PtD) initiative
Journal of Safety Research 39, 115-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2008.02.021
Introduction: The most effective means of preventing and controlling occupational injuries, illness, and fatalities is to “design out” hazards and hazardous exposures from the workplaces. There is a long history of designing for safety for the general public and to a lesser degree for workers. Methods: We now have the experience and insight from thoughtful, previous efforts to call for a comprehensive national strategy to implement a Prevention through Design (PtD) Initiatives. Results: This paper describes that initiative in terms of four overarching areas where action can be directed: practice, policy, research, and education. To obtain stakeholder input for issues in these four areas and to focus implementation efforts, eight sector division of the economy will be addressed. A seven year strategy is envisioned.