HSE’s ‘Risk-reduction through design’ Award
The 'Risk-reduction through design’ Award is sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF).
We want to inspire businesses to consider how ergonomics–based design changes can reduce the risks of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and nominate design changes that have made a real impact.
Award winner and nominations for 2018
The winner for 2018 was Henry Brothers Ltd and Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD).
The winner was announced at the CIEHF annual conference 'Ergonomics & Human Factors 2019' on 30 April 2019. Details of the winner and commended entries can be viewed on the posters on this page.
Features from the nominations in 2017 and 2018 that contribute to how design-led changes can reduce the risks of work-related MSDs include:
- taking a holistic approach to finding design solutions
- using evidence gathering to initiate and support changes and encourage a commitment to continuous improvement
- a high degree of workforce involvement in 'ideas' competitions or trialling solutions
- transferring technologies more common in manufacturing into a construction environment; or from oil and gas sector into manufacturing applications
- inclusion of persuasive evidence of productivity benefits as well as other indicators such as patient care, reductions in costs, employee engagement, incidents and numbers of MSD cases
- focus on ‘out of sight and out of mind’ workers such as maintenance workers on night shifts
- designs aimed at reducing potential for human error and confusion
- working with a manufacturer to secure a design solution
- design, selection and application of equipment, tools and aids tailored to the task
- using wearable devices to measure the impact of design changes
Make a nomination for 2019
You can nominate design solutions implemented in Great Britain during the 2019 calendar year that have demonstrated how they’ve reduced MSD risks for workers.
We welcome in-house or consultant-led design changes but businesses should make the nominations, not the designers.
Design solutions that have or can reduce MSD risks for the greatest numbers of workers will obviously be attractive, but we don’t discourage novel, innovative or niche solutions. We want to inspire others to think more actively about design-based solutions, and that will be the judges’ main criteria.
Businesses should submit nominations on no more than 2 sides of A4.
- about the problem
- the solution
- the MSD benefits
- any wider benefits
- what your workforce thinks about the changes
- your contact details including names of the client and designer
Nominations are now closed and the winner will be announced at the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors annual conference 27-29 April.
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