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.

2023 award winner

Zebra Technologies Preston (Printing Sector)

Zebra Technologies

Zebra are the 2023 winners. The announcement was made on the 23 June at the CIEHF awards event.

Their entry was the reduction of manual handling of printed rolls and boxes. The new layout has reduced the amount of lifting.

Moving the boxing machine adjacent to the packaging line reduced the lifting tasks and the design of a new cradle allowed the boxing machine to raise and lower to suit each operator’s needs.

2023 commended entry

Barrett Steel (Shoreham)

Barrett Steel

Barrett Steel have been commended for their design of a moving trailer platform, making the task much easier to complete.

The in-house design team designed a rail track for the loading platform to run on, enabling the platform to be easily moved into position and mitigating manual handling issues.

Design solution case studies across sectors

Examples of design solutions which cover the following industry sectors.





Manufacturing (Aerospace)

Manufacturing (Food)

Manufacturing (Textiles)





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