Implementing Safety in Design: Determining what is Reasonably Practicable

Engineering context

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.

Engineers and designers have to determine what is Reasonably Practicable many times in their career, and in general it is not taught at university. 

This session focuses on the process of determining whether a hazard control is reasonably practicable, in the context of the legal definition, and how to apply it in practice.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the legal definition 'of what Is reasonably practicable' or 'reasonable' in WA legislation
  • How to make decisions that are reasonably practicable 
  • Determine what is reasonably practicable 
  • Make defensible decisions that will withstand Inquiry  
  • Comply with organisational legal requirements such as a PCBU, Company or Body Corporate

Implementing Safety in Design: Determining what is Reasonably Practicable


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Is this course for you?

This webinar is ideal for engineers and related professionals with 5 - 10 years experience across all disciplines and industries. Roles include:

  • Designers 
  • Engineers 
  • Project managers 
  • Engineering managers 
  • Subject Matter Experts 
  • Architects  
  • Safety professionals 

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Your facilitator for this course

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.