Prevention Through Design – The Life Cycle Safety Program At Intel

Barrett, Michael; Mattos, Don; Karsnia, Andy
(Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR)

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The Injury Free Environment (IFE) program implemented at Intel has produced world class construction recordable figures (0.2). This recordable rate however has been flat for some time. To reach the next level of injury reduction new approaches and thought processes are required. The traditional focus of the IFE program has been on means and methods, PPE, procedural development/mitigation, etc. To reach this next identified level of injury reduction, Intel has chosen to implement a Prevention through Design (PtD) program known as Life Cycle Safety (LCS) LCS is a “collaborative design” process the purpose of which is to address safety requirements during the design phase of a capital construction project. The aim is to prevent or minimize hazards and risks associated with the construction, manufacture, use, maintenance and decommissioning of facilities and equipment . Prevention through design is the result of the LCS process. The key to LCS effectiveness is to ensure that the right people collaborate at the right time to make the right decisions. The key players are: Designer, Owner Rep, CM/GC and Trade Contractors. Some key items to bear in mind: 1. Look at the design through the eyes of the construction and maintenance workers. 2. Eliminate “what were the designers thinking statements” 3. Provides opportunity for end user input. The process used at Intel includes • Dedicated LCS design reviews • LCS job walks where applicable • Post construction lessons learned • LCS design review logs and standard checklist o Checklists add a level of accountability The purpose of the checklist is to provide a series of questions to prompt the teams to think about key PtD areas for scrutiny. Examples of key areas include: • Accessibility • Confined Space • Ergo • Fall • Maintenance • Operations • Physical hazards • Emergencies In summary, the LCS program is a key ingredient in a successful IFE program. It provides maximum safety benefit at the right time. The collaborative nature of the process results in shared ownership of the outcome and it does not increase cost.

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