Controlling health and safety hazards and risks in the workplace is an ongoing process that needs to take into account changes in the workplace.
The control of relatively minor risks affecting all employees (such as ensuring hallways and exits remain free from obstruction) can be dealt with by a number of simply stated general health and safety rules and safe work practices.
The control of more hazardous activities may need more time and detailed of actions and assignment of action responsibility.
- Consult relevant employees and safety representatives on setting priorities of implementation.
- Develop a Control Implementation Plan, to reflect priorities and time lines.
- Implement the controls.
- Review the implementation plan to verify that controls have been implemented.
- Implemented controls signed off by senior management.
- The nature and risk level of the hazard, as well as the relative effort / cost required for the control, influence decisions when setting priorities for implementing controls.
- Higher and lower risk hazards should be considered when setting priorities.
- Some hazards may be easily mitigated, and therefore the controls quickly implemented.
- Some controls may require additional work or time, and therefore implementation of short term controls may be effective while preparing for longer term mitigation solutions.