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October 18, 2011

ASSE / ANSI Announce Prevention-Through-Design Standard

Safety slogan signsThe American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has approved a new standard providing guidance on including prevention-through-design concepts in occupational safety and health management systems for any workplace setting. The ANSI/ASSE Z590.3 standard, "Prevention through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes" will soon be available online.

The standard focuses specifically on how to avoid, eliminate, reduce and control occupational safety and health hazards and risks during design and redesign processes. Concepts presented in the standard can be incorporated into the design/redesign of work areas, tools, equipment, machinery, substances and work processes. It can also apply to construction, manufacture, use, maintenance, disposal and reuse of equipment used on-the-job.

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