Hazard Control Summary

All identified hazardous conditions should be eliminated or controlled immediately. Where this is not possible, interim control measures are to be implemented immediately to protect workers, warning signs must be posted at the location of the hazard, all affected employees need to be informed of the location of the hazard and of the required interim controls, and permanent control measures must be implemented as soon as possible.

Controls come in all forms, from engineering devices and administrative policy to PPE. The best controls can be placed upon equipment before involving people and, thus, either preclude or guard the workforce from hazards. Administrative controls rely upon individuals following policies, guidelines, and procedures to control hazards and exposure to hazards. However, as we all know, this certainly provides no guarantee that the protective policies and procedures will be adhered to unless effective supervision and enforcement exist. Again, this relies on the company having a strong commitment to OSH The use of PPE will not control hazards unless individuals who are exposed to the hazards are wearing the appropriate PPE. The use of PPE is usually considered the control of last resort since it has always been difficult for companies to be sure that exposed individuals are indeed wearing the required PPE.

Where a supervisor or foreman is not sure how to correct an identified hazard or is not sure if a specific condition presents a hazard, he/she shall seek technical assistance from the designated competent person, safety and health officer, or technical authority.

It is important that all hazards are identified and an assessment is made of the potential risk from the hazard. This allows for the determination of the real danger. If a high degree of risk and danger exists, then efforts must be undertaken to alleviate or mitigate them.

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