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Prevention through Design (PtD)

Business Challenge

Prevention through Design (PtD)
The ANSI Z590.3 Standard

Musculoskeletal injuries sideline thousands of workers every year and cost organizations billions of dollars in lost time and workers’ compensation costs.

Employers generally agree that, in concept, one of the best ways to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is to "design out" or minimize hazards and risks early in the design phase or redesign process.

However, as a practical matter, oftentimes employers overlook or simply fail to take maximum advantage of the leveraging opportunity that comes with effectively incorporating safety and injury/illness mitigation concepts into the design process.



What Can Employers Do When The Initial Design-In Opportunity Is Missed?

Bureau Veritas has the knowledge, tools and staff to assist you with implementation of a PtD compliance and integration plan.

Our team understands the business value of the PtD approach  
• A CIH who was the PtD coordinator at The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
• Human Factors and Ergonomics (HF&E) professionals who are power users of HF&E design software: human modeling, simulation, and CAD tools.
• A nationwide team of field professionals who can initially evaluate your HF&E exposure scenarios, then collect and feed raw data to our design software team.


Human Factors & Ergonomics (HF&E) Design Software

Interactive Design Software is an evolving tool for employers who desire to be “proactive” as well as “reactive” in addressing their ergonomics and other HSE issues and concerns.  Such software allows the designer to change the people (5th to 95th percentile males and females), the design elements (e.g. access locations and size) and viewing angles, and to assess the potential impact on health and safety risk, quality and productivity.   This type of software allows employers to:

► Conduct better risk assessments of current and future designs.
► Identify specific areas or activities that have “unacceptable risk levels” for musculoskeletal disorders and other HSE related injury or exposure.
► Simulate the impact of proposed designs rather than implementing the design and then tracking the results.
► Avoids the costs of retrofit, rework and injuries that all too often accompanies designs that do not take ergonomic, human factors and safety issues into consideration.
► Train your design engineers: incorporating safety, ergonomics and human factors into the design process.
► Consider the design impact on Quality, Productivity, and Safety Management during all phases of operation (Life Cycle).

If you have interest in learning more about Prevention through Design and the Human Factors Design Software support available through Bureau Veritas, please contact Chris Shulenberger, MS Engr., CPE, directly at or 925-250-4678.


Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Bureau Veritas is a global company specializing in the fields of Quality Assurance, Health, Safety, and Environmental (QHSE) services.  With over 2,400 QHSE professionals in over 60 offices across North America, Bureau Veritas develops solutions that contribute to risk prevention and performance improvement to help organizations create long-term value through our technical and regulatory expertise.  Bureau Veritas is present in 140 countries through a network of 900 offices and laboratories. It has more than 40,000 employees and a client base of more than 300,000.

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