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How to select efficient hazard control measures

You’ve completed a risk assessment, and it’s now time to select your hazard control measures. What criteria should you examine when deciding which hazard control techniques are ideal for your company?

In this post, we will explore how to establish hazard control measures, ensure their effectiveness, and offer advice on how to successfully execute them.

Hazard control measures are critical

Hazard control methods are an important tool for preventing workplace injuries and accidents. They should be included in your organization’s health and safety strategy to ensure a technique for identifying hazards and controlling them as much as possible to limit the risks in your workplace.

Developing hazard control measures has various advantages for your company, including:

  • Employees who engage in high-risk activities must be identified. Awareness of who is most vulnerable, as well as how and when they are vulnerable, drives processes to minimize or remove them.

  • Noting dangers when you can’t eliminate risks urges you to decrease and minimize exposure as well as educates you on what to look for to manage them.

  • The continuous assessment of the risks posed by hazards helps you to establish if the control strategies you use are effective in lowering or eliminating the risks. When they fall short, it’s time to rethink.

  • Hazard control techniques and risk assessments will minimize or eliminate the number of workplace accidents or injuries.

  • Your legal obligations under WHS require you to assess hazards and put hazard management measures in place. Failure to do so can result in significant corporate and personal fines, as well as incarceration depending on the severity, previous knowledge, and casualties as a consequence of a workplace fatality or serious injury.

8 Things to think about when creating hazard control measures

There are eight factors to consider when selecting hazard management techniques to limit workplace risk.

  • Determine the likelihood that the risk associated with each hazard will cause damage or sickness.

  • Investigate the extent of the harm that would be caused if employees were exposed to the hazard.

  • Consult with your employees to learn what they know about the hazard and how you can eliminate or reduce the risk.

  • Choose one or more measures that provide the most protection for people and are the most reliable. Use the safety hierarchy of controls to guide you, and use administrative controls and PPE only as a last choice, especially if the hazard has the potential to cause death, serious injury, or sickness.

  • The control you want to utilize must be easily available, custom-made, or installed.

  • Controls must be appropriate for your working environment, processes, and people.

  • To evaluate what is practically achievable, consider the cost of risk management.

  • Check to ensure that no new dangers are introduced by the hazard control measures. If they do, you must handle them as well, using the four procedures outlined above.