Implementing Safety in Design

Engineering context

It is recognised that eliminating hazards and risks through design is the most effective and durable way to create a healthy and safe work environment.

Repeated studies of Australian workplace injury statistics have led to ‘healthy and safe by design’ being one of the seven action areas in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-22.

Work, Health and Safety (WHS) legislation requires engineers and designers to consider the hazards presented throughout the entire life of an asset to ensure ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ that it is safe to build, install, test, commission, operate, maintain and demolish.

This workshop focuses on the practical implementation and delivery of Safety in Design activities and deliverables throughout the end-to-end engineering and design process.

You will learn about tools, practices and techniques that give rise to safer design outcomes, and hence help you comply with duties and obligations under WHS Legislation and the equivalent legislation in WA and Victoria.

During the workshop, you will use a case study to practice implementing Safety in Design, and reinforce your understanding of how it contributes to minimising the likelihood of workplace incidents, injuries and fatalities. 

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Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will understand how to:

  • Define Safety in Design, when it is applicable, and how it integrates with the engineering and design lifecycle
  • Describe the benefits of Safety in Design, especially when considered early in the engineering and design lifecycle
  • Source the relevant legislation, standards, codes and guides
  • Describe Safety in Design related terms such as Reasonably Practicable, ALARP and SFAIRP, and dispel confusion between the terms
  • Implement leading Safety in Design practice and identify appropriate means to address hazards
  • Use the engineering and design tools, practices and techniques that give rise to safer outcomes
  • Run an effective Safety in Design review, and what to expect if you attend one

Online delivery now available
This course can be delivered online as part of our Virtual Workshop program. Adapted for the online learning environment, our Virtual Workshops are interactive and outcomes-based.

Content, duration and format can also be customised for corporate clients through our Tailored Training services.

Build your Chartered competencies

This training course builds skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

4. Develop safe and sustainable solutions
6. Identify, assess and manage risks
7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency, it provides participants with the underpinning knowledge required to develop specific Chartered competencies.

Implementing Safety in Design


"The course was relevant to my role and the systems it demonstrated will be utilised." Tim

"The take home materials will be very useful in my role." - participant, 2019

"[The course introduced me to] new ways of thinking eg. human asset, asset interface." - participant, 2019

"The facilitator took his time to run through any questions and further explain examples" - Alex

"Will be able to apply the models shown in our company." - participant, 2019

Related courses

This workshop is ideal for those with a basic understanding of Safety in Design. We also offer:

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$ 799.00 - Non-member
$ 679.15 - EA member
For postal registrations, please download the pdf version of our registration form here.
If you are unable to attend the above dates, please contact to discuss upcoming dates.

We can deliver this course online in a number of different formats and even customise the content so that it’s applicable specifically to your work group and industry context. For groups of six or more we provide cost-effective, customised and outcome-focused in-house training.

This workshop can be delivered "off-the-shelf" or extended to include learning outcomes specific to your organisation.

Find out more about how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Is this course for you?

This workshop is suitable for design engineers, project managers, design managers, procurement or contracts personnel, engineering consultants, architects and safety and risk managers with a basic understanding of Safety in Design, across all disciplines and industries.

It is also suitable for contractors involved in the construction industry as well as those who procure, own operate and maintain infrastructure, so that they know what to expect from designers, manufactures, constructors and suppliers.

Justify your training and development with your employer

Download the Justification Letter Template to assist with your business case to attend this training course.

Virtual Workshop delivery platform - Zoom

These sessions are run through Zoom. We suggest that you download the Zoom Desktop Client to ensure you can fully participate in the Virtual Workshop.

If you attend the Virtual Workshop through the Zoom web browser or via a phone or tablet device you may not be able to participate in the interactive elements such as break out rooms or answering polling questions. 

Please read through the following information on Zoom to ensure you are prepared for the webinar:

Your facilitator for this course

This course will be facilitated by Mike Hurd, Daniel Milne or Trevor Zwar from Engineering. Systems. Management.

Mike Hurd has 25 years' experience working with high-integrity systems such as nuclear plants, submarines, rail signalling and control, and electricity transmission and distribution networks.

Mike has developed safety in design processes, templates and training to augment the systems and processes already in use by engineering organisations. He has extensive experience of safety in design applications, its meaning, practical implications, the tools that give rise to safe outcomes and the issues that have ‘grown around’ the model WHS Legislation.

In 2013 Mike instigated an Engineered Safety committee in Engineers Australia's South Australia Division, bringing together a group of safety professionals with the common goal to promote safety in the engineering life cycle.


Daniel Milne holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Honours, from the University of Adelaide.

Currently working for E.S.M. as a Control Systems Engineer, Daniel has expertise in engineering management, control systems engineering and engineered safety (safety in design).

Daniel has specialist experience in the defence sector and oil and gas industry, working both on and offshore in domestic and international markets. Through positions held, Daniel values and promotes a culture of safe practice and quality.


Trevor Zwar is a Senior Systems Engineer at Engineering. Systems. Management. where he specialises in engineering management and systems engineering, with a focus on safety and designer WHS duties. With over 10 years’ professional engineering experience, Trevor has worked across the engineering lifecycle in multiple industries, and has practiced in the electrical, mechanical and control systems disciplines. He has worked with research institutions to develop new technologies, and has presented his work at national conferences.

Trevor holds bachelor degrees in mechatronic engineering (hons) and economics, and is a chartered professional engineer with a passion for safety in engineering. He has experience with functional safety of machinery, and is a member of the Engineers Australia SA Division Engineered Safety Group.

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