Implementing Safety in Design

Engineering context

Current Work, Health and Safety (WHS) legislation places greater responsibility on engineers to identify hazards in the design process.

Australian statistics back in 2002 revealed that within the construction industry there were too many incidents, injuries and fatalities that could have been averted at the design stages.

This led to the model WHS legislation having more explicit duties of designers, which require engineers and designers to consider the hazards involved throughout the life of an asset to ensure ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ that it is safe to build, test, commission, operate, maintain and demolish.

A repeat study in 2012 revealed that little had changed since 2002.

This one-day workshop focuses on how to practically implement Safety in Design throughout the end-to-end engineering and design processes, and it describes the importance of systematic approaches. You will learn about the tools, practices and techniques that give rise to safer design outcomes, and hence help you comply with the duties and obligations under WHS Legislation and the equivalent legislation in WA and Victoria.

During the workshop, you'll be exposed to case studies to help you understand how Safety in Design contributes to minimising the likelihood of workplace incidents, injuries and fatalities, and hence contributes to overall risk reduction.

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Registration closes

Registration for this course closes two weeks before the scheduled date.

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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

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

Related courses

This workshop is ideal for those with a basic understanding of Safety in Design. For an introduction to Safety in Design, we also offer:

Safety in Design - Requirements of WHS Legislation

Safety in Design - online

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

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$ 1,355.00 - Non-member
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We can bring this course direct to you and your organisation. For groups of six or more we provide cost-effective, customised and outcome-focused in-house training.

This workshop can be delivered in one-day or extend the learning outcomes specific to your organisation through a two-day course.

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 one-day workshop is suitable for design engineers, project managers, design managers, procurement or contracts personnel, engineering consultants, architects and safety and risk managers.

This workshop 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.

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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