Last updated November 2020
What is safe workplace design?
Workplace design refers to the consideration of construction, maintenance and use of:
- workplace layout;
- plant design; and
- the design of buildings and other structures.
You should incorporate safe design principles in all aspects of a workplace, including:
- the physical layout of the worksite;
- the design of furniture and equipment;
- noise; and
Safe design principles can benefit you and your workers by:
- preventing injury and illness by eliminating hazards at the design stage;
- improving the effectiveness of the work area;
- increasing workers’ morale, productivity and efficiency;
- helping workers to comply with health and safety legislation;
- reducing costs through improved production or environmental efficiency; and
- promoting innovation through safe design.
A steel fabricator and a designer worked together to determine the safest and most efficient way to build and install steel framing for a multi-level stairway in a high-rise car park.
The reviewed design resulted in a stairway that could be preassembled at ground level and lifted into place in one piece.
Because of these design changes, less work was needed to be performed at height by the installer, which provided a higher level of safety for workers.