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ASSE announces approval of new 'Prevention Through Design' standard

The American Society of Safety Engineers ASSE has announced the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASSE Z590.3 standard, "Prevention through Design: Addressing Occupational Risks in the Design & Redesign Processes." This standard details groundbreaking ways to prevent risks and injuries through design concepts.

The standard provides guidance on how to integrate preventative design concepts into an existing occupational safety and health management system. These guidances were written to be used in any occupational setting.

"One of the key elements of this standard is that it provides guidance for ‘life-cycle’ assessments and a design model that balances environmental and occupational safety and health goals over the life span of a facility, process, or product," ASSE said in a recent release.

The standard discusses the avoidance, elimination, reduction, or control of safety and health hazards found in the workplace, and risks that are present from the initial planning and specifications of the design and redesign process, where the opportunities are greatest.

Controls in the standards include the necessity for supplying personal protective equipment (PPE), which may include safety glasses, faceshields, respirators, work gloves, and hearing protection.

In order for occupational safety and health to advance, standards must be provided to set regulations and achieve a higher level of excellence. By following the new Prevention Through Design guidelines, occupational settings can improve safety and quality of work for all employees. 

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