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Today at 11 am Peter Dunphy from SafeWork NSW, Dr Liz Bluff from the Australian National University, and Wes Wilkinson of Work Systems Technology will discuss the importance of eliminating hazards and risks from machinery before it enters the workplace.

Panellists will provide practical strategies to designing out hazards and explore health and safety and productivity improvements that result from good design of machinery.

Mr Dunphy said that there is compelling evidence each year people are being fatally injured or hurt at work by poorly designed machinery.

“It is generally easier and cheaper to eliminate potential hazards associated with machinery at the design stage,” said Mr Dunphy.

“Designers of machinery should work with manufacturers and end users — consulting those who use the machinery is critical for high quality safe design.”

Panellists will field questions from in-studio and online audiences.

Broadcast from the Safe Work Australia website this presentation forms part of our Virtual Seminar Series, an initiative of National Safe Work Month.

About the presenters

Peter Dunphy is Executive Director SafeWork NSW. Peter has over 20 years’ experience in the control of work health and safety hazards.

Dr Liz Bluff is a Research Fellow with the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. Liz is the author of Safe Design and Construction of Machinery: Regulation, Practice and Performance.

Wes Wilkinson is Principal of Work Systems Technology. Wes is a qualified mechanical engineer, risk manager and human factors (ergonomics) specialist and has extensive experience in working on design solutions.

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