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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 a noisy machine
  • cease in-house operations of hazardous work.

If this is not practical, then:

Substitute the hazard with a lesser risk

  • replace hazardous electrics with hydraulics
  • purchase less hazardous machinery.

If this is not practical, then:

Isolate the hazard

  • install guards, screens or enclosures
  • install roll-over protection on mobile powered plant.

If this is not practical, then:

Use engineering controls

  • redesign the task, to enable it to be carried out in a different way.

If this is not practical, then:

Use administrative controls

  • set up entry permits to operate work systems
  • install warning signs or danger tags.

If this is not practical, then:

Use personal protective equipment

  • safety belts and harnesses, fall-arrest systems
  • industrial safety gloves and footwear.

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