Fact Sheet 4: Employers To Eliminate Or Control Risks

From September 1, 2002, all large employers have to control or get rid of risks in the workplace.

What this means for you

This means employers need to follow a five-step procedure to ensure any risks are properly dealt with. The steps are listed below in order of preference.

Employers need to make sure they cannot reasonably deal with risks in the ways listed first, before moving onto each of the following control measures.

 

Steps an employer needs to take:

Step 1. Can identified risks can be eliminated or substituted?

Sample Questions:

 

  • Can a hazardous chemical be replaced with a non-hazardous or less hazardous chemical?
  • Can risks of back injuries be controlled by introducing equipment that assists with lifting tasks or replacing existing workstations with ergonomically designed furniture?

Step 2. Can the risks be isolated or can workers can be separated from where the risk occurs

Step 3. Can the risks be engineered out by workplace design

Step 4. Employers should ask whether work methods can be changed or whether workers can be trained in such away that a risk no longer occurs

Step 5. If none of the above steps are sufficient to remove risks, employers need to ask whether providing workers with personal protective equipment is appropriate. This might include hearing aides or protective goggles, etc. However, this is always a last resort and should only be used if none of the above steps are possible.


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