This safety in design procedure:
Safety in design is the proactive identification and control of hazards and risks during the design of products, systems, or services. Safety in design encompasses the processes for identifying hazards, assessing and controlling the risks of design aspects, including facilities, hardware, software, equipment, products, tooling, materials, energy controls, layout, configuration, etc.
The goal of safety in design is to prevent injuries, deaths and property damage by anticipating hazards and eliminating or minimising risks before they can cause harm.
A safety in design procedure is the formal documented process for incorporating safety into the design phase of products, services and systems. The procedure is intended to be used as a guide for designers and/or manufacturers for identifying and addressing safety concerns early in the design process before they become expensive or difficult to fix.
The procedure enables safety to be incorporated into design interfaces and to enable the clear assignment of responsibility with consideration to the inputs and desired outputs of a design.
Essentially, there are five key principles that need to be followed with safety in design:
1. Persons with control are the people (e.g. safety engineers and safety professionals) who make decisions affecting the design of products, facilities or processes and can promote user safety at the source.
2. Product lifecycle is the safe design that applies to every stage in the lifecycle from conception through to disposal. It involves eliminating hazards or minimizing risks as early in the lifecycle as possible.
3. Systematic risk management applies to the hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes to achieve a safe design.
4. Safe design knowledge and capability can be either demonstrated or acquired by those who control the design, the design principles and the level of safety risks.
5. Information transfer is the effective communication and transfer of documentation of design and risk control information amongst everyone involved in the phases of the lifecycle.