Safety in Design

Safety in design and systematic risk management are essential elements of a successful design and a huge amount of emphasis is placed on these elements by Tesla during the design process. 

Designing for Safety

Tesla engineers follow extensive guidance encapsulated within our Quality Management System. Our specialist engineers understand that safety in design goes beyond the safety of each piece of equipment itself, knowing the entire system or scheme designed must be able to be installed, commissioned, and work together with other equipment and systems in a safe way. The objectives of our procedures are:

  • To provide designs that appropriately include considerations of safety, risks, and practicality,
  • To ensure design decisions are correctly consulted with interested parties and documented,
  • To continuously improve the safety of designs,
  • To meet statutory obligations in terms of safety and risk mitigation.

All Tesla’s Engineering Staff have undergone targeted SiD training, facilitated by an external, qualified tutor. This covered best practice SiD and was based on the EEA’s Safety in Design Guide (2016).  The training included team sessions to solve SiD problems, and learnings from actual case studies.

Safety in Design Risk Assessment

As part of Systematic SiD reviews, Tesla undertakes a project Safety in Design Risk Assessment to ensure that:

  • The full life cycle of the project has been considered including design, construction (and commissioning), operation, maintenance, modification, and demolition phases,
  • The project risk register is focused on hazards resulting from features specific to the design,
  • Residual risks which cannot be actioned during the design phase have been identified and actions are passed on to other stakeholders (PCBU’s) to be handled during subsequent phases of the project.

Safety in Design Workshops

Facilitated workshops and other collaborative workshops are routinely used to review the risks associated with each phase of the asset’s lifecycle.  These source input from all project stakeholders including construction, operations, and maintenance, and with other designs where appropriate.  Our team includes TUV FSEng certified engineers who have significant experience covering a wide range of multiple safety critical elements.