Design interpretation


  • To receive and interpret a set design concept from the creative teams and to start to identify any potential hazards that may come out of the realisation of the design. (A Machinery Health and Safety Checklist could be used to assist with this.)
  • To start thinking about how to eliminate these hazards through design.
  • To create a risk assessment document for the design and update accordingly.
  • To consider if you need any additional competent mechanical, structural or electrical engineering advice.


Competent Engineering Advisor: Someone with suitable skills, training, knowledge and experience. You should look for engineers who hold recognised engineering qualifications and accreditation, for example, a chartership held with a national or international engineering body.


When identifying hazards within the design concept consider if there are any…

  • controlled or uncontrolled moving parts
  • traps
  • platforms or treads
  • hazardous substances
  • electrical or other energy sources
  • hazardous surfaces
  • load restrictions
  • force restrictions?

Have you considered…

  • safe access and egress
  • good ergonomic design for users and controls
  • safe access to machinery and parts for maintenance, cleaning and repairs
  • suitable operator sightlines
  • warning devices
  • ‘fail to safe’ redundancies in the event of power failure
  • any reasonably foreseeable risk of misuse?