Implementing Safety in Design in the Engineering Lifecycle

Engineering context

Engineering and design work always has an identifiable lifecycle, from the point at which someone recognises that design work is required, until the end of the designed asset's life.

An engineering design lifecycle applies whether the design is new work or modifications to an existing design, regardless of the scale. This lifecycle must also include activities to manage the safety of the asset.

This webinar explores the fundamental Safety in Design (SiD) steps that should be integrated into the engineering design lifecycle including effective planning, hazard identification, and verification and validation at the appropriate stages. An SiD expert will present an approach to scaling the work required for each step, according to the scope, scale, complexity and risk associated with the design.

By attending this webinar, you will gain an appreciation of a typical engineering lifecycle, the steps of safety in design that should occur, and how they integrate with the activities of engineering and design.

The engineering lifecycle presented will be generic for training purposes and will not necessarily be the same as your organisation’s lifecycle. The intent is that you will gain an appreciation of general lifecycle phases, the steps of Safety in Design and how the two integrate.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the steps of the engineering design lifecycle
  • Identify the steps of Safety in Design and how they integrate into the engineering design lifecycle
  • Identify the activities that form a robust and defensible Safety in Design process.
  • Understand how to plan Safety in Design activities according to the scope, scale and complexity of design work

Related sessions:

This webinar is Part Two of the Implementing Safety in Design webinar series. Part One focuses on:


Implementing Safety in Design in the Engineering Lifecycle


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Is this course for you?

This webinar is ideal for engineers and related professionals across all disciplines and industries. Roles include:

  • Designers
  • Engineers
  • Project managers
  • Engineering managers
  • 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.

Full Course Outline

  • The engineering lifecycle
  • The steps of Safety in Design
  • How Safety in Design integrates into the engineering lifecycle