NIOSH Accepting Nominations for 2024 Prevention through Design Award

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is now accepting nominations for the 4th annual Prevention through Design (PtD) Award. The PtD Award recognizes those who have incorporated safety in designs, or “designed out” hazards to protect workers.

NIOSH welcomes a new award partner this year, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), which joins previous partners the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the National Safety Council (NSC) in presenting this year’s award.

All nominations will be considered from, or for, individuals, teams, businesses, or other organizations who have developed PtD workplace interventions or research. Re-submissions or updates of previous nominations are allowed.

“Eliminating hazards on the front end is the best way to protect workers. By highlighting this practice through the PtD Award, we hope to inspire others to explore PtD in their workplace,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D.

Nominations should demonstrate how PtD efforts benefit or improve worker safety, health, or well-being in the U.S. It should also address questions related to hazard, design, and hierarchy of controls; the design safety review process; and business case considerations.

To submit a nomination, visit the PtD Award webpage for instructions. Nominations will be accepted through March 1, 2024.

2024 PtD Award winners will be announced at AIHA Connect in Columbus, Ohio, May 20-22, 2024.

Read more about efforts to ‘design out’ hazards in the construction industry in the recent NIOSH Science Blog, Prevention Through Design to Address Continuing Construction Workplace Deaths and Injuries.

NIOSH is the federal institute that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. For more information about NIOSH, visit

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