Supporting prevention through design (PtD) using business value concepts
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Supporting prevention through design (PtD) using business value concepts

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      The NIOSH PtD study showed that companies can have very different reasons for adopting a PtD engineering design solution. When a PtD solution is being considered for use, all possible benefits, both financial and non-financial, should be explored and included in the business case analysis. Reasons for making business decisions at individual companies need to be understood and addressed to ensure that effective PtD solutions are adopted and that PtD principles are integrated into the overall occupational safety and health management system. Recommendations: Safety and health professionals at all levels and positions in the organization should do the following to promote adoption of PtD design solutions [AIHA 2009; AIHA 2010; Biddle et al. 2011]: 1. Understand and align PtD solution strategies with the company's strategic business objectives, core mission, and goals. 2. Solicit input from the company's safety and health management chain about their decision making techniques. 3. Identify and seek support from key decision makers who are responsible for (or can influence the adoption of) the PtD solution. 4. Secure the support of senior management for adopting the PtD solution. 5. Derive and present the business case, including financial and non-financial benefits of the design solution alongside the more commonly conducted risk assessment to demonstrate the benefit of the PtD solution to the company. For more information see the CDC Business Case Resource Guide and the AIHA Value Strategy Manual.

      The information in this document is based on research related to Prevention through Design (PtD) initiatives. The complete study, along with other PtD articles, can be found in Biddle E [2013]. Business cases supporting PtD solutions. Professional Safety March:56‒64.

      Suggested citation: NIOSH [2015]. NIOSH Workplace Design Solutions: supporting Prevention through Design (PtD) using business value concepts. By Biddle E, Afanuh S. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015-198.

      NIOSHTIC NO 20046684

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