What is the Hierarchy of controls?

When addressing danger in the workplace, the WHS laws require duty holders to use the hierarchy of controls. This strategy begins with the most effective measure and works its way down to the least effective.

Go for the most efficient option as it has been tried and tested. It’s also useful and can fix the problem right away. Using the least effective only as a last resort or in accordance with other, more effective controls.

The hierarchy of controls that you can use in your risk management is as follows:

Elimination of hazard

The elimination of hazards should always be your main priority. The most successful approach is to avoid bringing new hazards into the workplace. Old cars can be replaced, damage can be repaired, toxic chemicals can be removed, and procedures can be outsourced, and so on.

Replace the Hazard

You should try a safer solution if removing the danger is not an option. For example, you can use less chemical material, lift smaller equipment or packages, and replace discomfort in the workplace, among other things.

Engineered controls should be used

You can keep the employees secure in this technologically advanced world by using mechanical equipment, machines, or processes. A trolley can be used to move heavy equipment, install electrical safety switches, and install guards to protect machinery, among other things.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn 

Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to your employees at work is the least reliable solution for keeping them safe. You must, however, ensure that they are truly trained to wear these pieces. Masks, hard hats, gloves, and eye protection are also necessary PPEs in the workplace.

Keep administrative controls in place

When all other controls fail to eliminate the risk, administrative controls are the best choice. This includes tasks like delivering preparation, seminars, or instructional materials. Staff, for example, may benefit from training in order to operate machinery safely.

Understand the overall result.

Find out if the ideas you offered were beneficial and successful after you’ve provided them. Controls should be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. Consult your employees, especially those who have been affected by the hazards.

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