Control workplace risks
Effective control of workplace risks starts with recognising potential sources of injury or illness.
Risk management requires you to identify work areas and activities that may put workers and others at risk and then decide how to eliminate or control those risks. To control the risks, follow the hierarchy of controls contained in the Code of practice: How to manage work health and safety risks. Use higher level controls first. Only use administrative controls and PPE to supplement the higher controls you’ve implemented.
A combination of controls can be used. For example, you could eliminate hazards with well-designed work premises, work processes and automated equipment.
You could also use engineering controls, such as ergonomic equipment. These higher controls may also be supported by administrative controls, which are safe systems of work (including safe work procedures, information and training, and supervision) to manage any remaining risks. Where possible, don’t use sharps, needles, glass or metal. If they are used, ensure that safety protocols are in place to ensure they are used safely.