In recent years, E.S.M. has assisted numerous clients to implement a Safety in Design process for their business. To comply with their duties under the Work Health and Safety Act (or the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Victoria), companies should have an end-to-end Safety in Design process which is:

  • developed, robust and defensible
  • communicated; and
  • demonstrably implemented.

Providing bespoke Safety in Design documents is a core element of E.S.M.’s business. A standard suite of documents typically includes:

  • Safety in Design (SiD) procedure
  • SiD planning tool
  • SiD hazard register
  • SiD report template

E.S.M. has been engaged by several clients to conduct a gap analysis of their project management framework, highlight safety related issues in their design and procedural steps and link these back to a model best-practice SiD process called ‘the 11 steps of Safety in Design’. The standard document suite is then customised to the client to ensure any gaps found are covered.

These 11 steps of Safety in Design are written into a procedure, identifying links between the client’s project management framework and Safety in Design best practice.

Often, a client’s internal process may be more complex than a ‘standard system’ and so bespoke and additional guidance manuals, procedures and training can be developed to ensure successful implementation, alongside change management support.

Training is often delivered face-to-face by the E.S.M. team, though can be online to remote audiences, or even developed and passed over for the client trainers to deliver.

Our experience in developing Safety in Design processes for clients covers local government, an electrical infrastructure design and construct contractor, a rail operator, a global design consultant, a major airport owner and operator, and a mining company, amongst others. The package is flexible, allowing for customisation to the customer’s requirements and budget.