Design Tools

SliDeRulE (Safety in Design Risk Evaluator) assists building designers with assessing the construction safety risk associated with their designs. Use SliDeRulE for buildings to:
1) Determine the level of safety risk associated with an entire building, a specific building system, or each of the many design features within a building
2) Compare prospective designs based on construction safety risk
3) Learn about design features that increase and decrease the risk of injury

OSHA's hazard identification training tool may prove helpful for education design engineers and other non-safety professionals about common construction site hazards.

Safe Design Guidelines distributed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

1600+ PtD list compiled by Alan Speegle (The Southern Company). Note: This spreadsheet is most helpful for process (i.e., industrial) construction. The attached file was posted 12/14/11. Please discard the previous version posted.

Researchers and practitioners have created The Sustainable Construction Safety and Health (SCSH) rating system to evaluate construction worker safety and health on construction projects.

Workplace Design Solutions developed by NIOSH

Preventing Falls from Heights through the Design of Embedded Safety Features

Preventing Falls through the Design of Roof Parapets

Construction Workplace Design Solutions

developed by the OSHA Alliance Program’s Construction Roundtable
Falls From Roof Edge
Falls From Floor Openings
Falls From Non-Moving Vehicles
Roof Hatch Access and Hole Protection
Specify Non-Fragile Skylights and/or Skylight Guards
Specify Sufficient Wall Height to Allow Parapets to Function as Fall Prevention
Falls from Ladders
Roof Anchors
Scaffolds
Structural Steel--Construction Loads
Structural Steel--Beams and Columns
Structural Steel--Unloading Flatbeds
Workplace Design Solution Industrial Large Duct

Powerpoints

Presentation by Nicholas Tymvios and Dr. John Gambatase at the CIB W-99 International Conference on Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety in Lund, Sweden, June 2014.

Presentation at Greenbuild 2013 by Matt Gillen and Dr. Michael Behm on how life cycle safety supports social equity goals.

Presentations by Mike Toole at the WorkSafeBC Safety by Design Symposium on May 22, 2014, at the COAA Spring Leadership Conference on May 16, 2014, and at the PA COAA conference at Penn State on September 12, 2013.

More powerpoints and a Bibliography

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