Prevention through Design

Spreading the word about Design for Construction and Maintenance Safety

Welcome to Prevention through Design!


You are encouraged to register for the second NIOSH-funded Prevention through Design (PtD) workshop, which will be hosted virtually on May 26 and 27 between 8:00 am and 1:00 Pacific Daylight Time. The theme of the 2021 workshop is “PtD as we move into the post-COVID Era.” The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world, specifically the response to the disease by industries such as construction. COVID-19 has changed the way industries approach protecting workers’ safety, and PtD holds the promise to reduce workers’ exposure to health hazards. The 2021 virtual and interactive PtD workshop will focus on what we have learned in the past year that can be translated to the future improvement of PtD as we move into the post-COVID era. Lessons learned from online collaboration, regulatory guidance, modularization, artificial intelligence, worksite ventilation, future building design, and prevention through design processes will be collaboratively explored providing a baseline for improvement. The workshop will create an excellent opportunity for architects, engineers, contractors, construction companies, project owners, insurers, students, and academics to exchange and leverage their experiences and expertise on PtD practices by meeting PtD leading experts worldwide. Registration information in this hyperlink. CEUs will be offered..

Dr. John Gambatese at Oregon State University created a helpful sourcebook on PtD:  PtD in the Project Delivery Process

Dr. Nicholas Tymvios at Bucknell University maintains a helpful list of PtD publications:  Prevention through Design bibliography July 2019

The American Society of Safety Engineers have created an online course on the PtD concept, a webpage about PtD in Construction, and continues to offer a standard on PtD.

Researchers at Oregon State University have created a tool to “Determine the level of safety risk associated with an entire building, a specific building system, or each of the many design features within a building.

The OSHA Construction Alliance Roundtable has created materials for a short course on Designing for Construction Safety. A slide deck, student manual and instructor manual can be downloaded here.

PtD has been added to the LEED rating system. You can earn professional continuing education credits by completing an online module.