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Designing Products Safely

This one-day course is an introduction to Product Safety aimed at persons involved in work equipment design, manufacture, supply and maintenance. It explains Product Safety in the context of Workplac...Read More


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Course summary

This one-day course is an introduction to Product Safety aimed at persons involved in work equipment design, manufacture, supply and maintenance. It explains Product Safety in the context of Workplace Safety, the duties of those involved, safety engineering processes and how they fit with the product lifecycle. It introduces safety engineering techniques and provides delegates with practical experience of applying some of those most commonly used. With presentations, group discussions, videos and trainer-led exercises, it explains Engineering Safe Products processes and how they apply in different national and industry sector contexts. SOA Engineering have delivered safety engineering training worldwide since 2012 with outstanding results. This course can be delivered as a generic interpretation of Engineering Safe Products or tailored for your company, industry or country

Who should attend?

Work equipment (systems, equipment, vehicles, facilities, buildings) must, by design, manufacture and installation ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that they are without risks to health and safety. This is a legal requirement and all those involved with engineering products need to understand their role in ensuring safety; failure to do so is harmful to people, illegal and damaging to your business.

Course Outline

  • What is Product Safety? Introduces commonly-used product safety key words and illustrates the difference between health and safety and product safety. The focus is on the primary drivers for product safety, highlighting incidents across different industries.
  • Hazard Identification Looks at the critical first step in dealing with the safety of a product, gaining a good understanding of the hazards associated with its use and how harm can occur. Several commonly-used hazard identification and hazard analysis techniques are covered, with taster sessions and guidance for selecting methods for different applications.
  • Hazard Analysis Building on the previous step which identified the hazards, this section explains how the hazards are then analysed to understand the potential underlying causes, contributing factors and pathways for the progression to accidents and harm.
  • Eliminate Hazards and Control Risks This section investigates how potential risk reduction measures are identified and how to decide which are "Reasonably Practicable" and should therefore be implemented. This is in accordance with codes of practice and a guiding principle throughout industrialised countries and industry sectors.
  • Accept, Monitor and Review This section focuses on the criteria and responsibilities for accepting the residual risk and discusses the through-life procedures for monitoring and reviewing product safety. The client-customer boundaries (scope of responsibility) are also discussed.
  • Ensuring Safety Finally, by reflecting on the key processes above, the essential components of product safety management systems and organisations are developed. Key functions such as safety leadership, governance, active and reactive monitoring are introduced, as well as the concept of a "safety case"

Learning objectives

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Awareness of the current legislation pertaining to product design and operation in the workplace.
  • An understanding of your responsibilities as a supplier of products.
  • Awareness of what products are and their typical applications when used within the business or sold as a product.
  • Understanding of the product design and life cycle,
  • knowledge of the typical hazards
  • cause, effects and consequence of risks associated with designing and operation products. Understanding the term “So Far As Reasonably Practical (SFARP)” in relation to the Health and Safety workplace legislation.


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