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Hierarchy of control measures

The hierarchy of control is a sequence of options which offer you a number of ways to approach the hazard control process. Here is a list, with typical examples. Work your way down the list, and implement the best measure possible for your situation.

Eliminate the hazard

  • remove hazardous electrical plant from the workplace
  • cease in-house operations of hazardous work.

If this is not practical, then:

Substitute the hazard with a lesser risk

  • use low voltage electrical plant
  • substitute movable electrical plant for fixed.

If this is not practical, then:

Isolate the hazard

  • place hazardous electrical plant in enclosures with restricted access
  • place out-of-service tags on plant.

If this is not practical, then:

Use engineering controls

  • use RCDs (safety switches) to protect socket outlets which supply electrical plant.

If this is not practical, then:

Use administrative controls

  • perform regular inspection and tests on electrical plant and electrical installations
  • implement safe work practices, instruction and training.

If this is not practical, then:

Use personal protective equipment

  • use rubber mats, insulated gloves, eye protection, boots, and head gear (also to be used in conjunction with above measures).

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