NIOSH Education Modules Help Teach Prevention through Design to Undergrads

Published August 14, 2013

Last week, NIOSH released three new education modules for use by educators to disseminate the Prevention through Design (PtD) concept within undergraduate engineering curricula. The modules focus on hazards associated with mechanical and electrical systems in facilities, the construction of reinforced concrete, and the construction of structural steel elements. According to NIOSH, each module outlines the motivations for PtD and encourages the inclusion of worker health and safety considerations early in the design process. Each module includes an instructor's manual and PowerPoint slides.

The modules, which are available on NIOSH's website, cover the following topics:

  • Mechanical-electrical systems: Electrical hazards, National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) goals for working with electricity, and case studies to demonstrate effective PtD solutions for fall protection and mechanical-electrical systems safety.
  • Reinforced concrete design and structural steel design: Detailing, fabrication, and erection processes; and examples of how structural engineers and detailers can incorporate PtD into their designs.

Learn more about PtD on NIOSH's website.