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.

HSE's message continues to be that risks from MSDs must be controlled and that all employers should eliminate or reduce these risks at source where possible.

2021/22 award winner

Solvay Derbyshire

Solvay Derbyshire

Solvay are the 2021/22 winners. The announcement was made on the 17 June at the CIEHF awards event.

Their entry was the loading of resin mixing bowls into a warming oven using a trolly and made a massive difference to the job.

The redesigned oven and trolley allowed bowls to be wheeled directly into the new oven, eliminating the need to lift the bowls and reducing the risks of spills and contact with the hot oven.

2021/22 commended entries


Airbus - MSD Design Awards Poster

Airbus have been commended for their design of lightweight jigs used in the assembly of aircraft wings.

The team designed and developed a new tooling philosophy using a mixture of lightweight 3D printed parts and carbon-fibre structural beams.

British Wool

British Wool - MSD Design Awards Poster

British Wool have also been commended for developing a weigh frame so that wool sheets could be transported by forklift. This enabled multiple sheets to be moved and weighed together, significantly reducing the manual handling aspects of transporting and weighing the wool sheets.

Design solutions across sectors

Examples of design solutions from across a range of industry sectors are listed below.





Manufacturing (Aerospace)

Manufacturing (Food)

Manufacturing (Textiles)