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Workplace design, modification and purchasing

Last updated November 2020

This chapter explains your health and safety obligations when designing, modifying and purchasing plant, buildings and other structures.

What is safe workplace design?

Definition: 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;
  • lighting;
  • ventilation;
  • noise; and
  • temperature.
Important: Safe workplace design can help you meet your health and safety duty to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, risks to the health and safety of people in the workplace by reducing your business’s exposure to risk.