NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH: THE HIERARCHY OF CONTROLS

The Hierarchy of Controls is a method of controlling hazards starting with the most effective and ending with the least effective way to avoid a dangerous situation.

Elimination

Physically removing the hazard is always the safest way to avoid it.

Substitution

If you cannot remove the hazard altogether, try replacing it with something safer.

Engineering Controls

Isolate people from hazard.

Administrative Controls

Change the way people work

Personal Protective Equipment

Protect the worker with PPE

 

Remember the closer you can stay to the top of the Hierarchy the better.  

Learn more about the Hierarchy of Controls

 

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