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The toolkit is meant to be completed by a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure you are getting different perspectives on the intended outcomes and how a solution might work in the real world.
During testing, we found that many of the considerations could be discussed in just a few minutes. However, the power of the tool is the ability to open conversations that may lead to more effective solutions than originally envisioned.
Most users of the tool feel there is value in using the toolkit across the liefcycle of the project to track decision-making and reduce the chance of important features being cut during value engineering.
There are two primary options for printing. First, for a general project overview (e.g., for your AHJ), go to the Project Profile and click on "Print Profile" (purple button). The second options provides more detailed information: print sections of the tool separately (e.g., design considerations within each risk category). See the “Printing & Saving” video tutorial for more guidance.
FGI's Guidelines require a safety risk assessment. This is one way teams might meet the requirements.
Safety is complex and needs to consider the interactions of staff, patients, organizational policies and procedures, in addition to the built environment. The toolkit helps teams to understand how design can support safety outcomes.
The toolkit is intended to prompt discussion with your team. Because each project varies with the model of care, patient populations being served, the culture of the organization, etc., it is better to think through the issues rather than jump to prescriptive solutions.
Safe design isn't achieved through the number of things that are done, but through a thoughtful approach to solutions and the interactions in a real-world environment. It is more important to understand the issues through discussion than to treat the Design Considerations as a checklist.
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