Risk Control

Definition - What does Risk Control mean?

Risk control is a step of the hazard management process that involves dealing with the risk in question. Risk control is generally carried out in a hierarchical way, wherein the elimination of the risk is considered optimal (and at the top of the hierarchy), whereas personal protective equipment is considered to be the least effective option, and therefore sits at the bottom on the hierarchy. Controlling risk is a key aspect of maintaining a safe workplace.

Risk control is also known as hazard control.

Safeopedia explains Risk Control

Risk assessment is the first step toward effective risk control. It includes identification of risks, degree of risk, personnel at risk and why they are at risk. Risks must be controlled according to the following hierarchy:

  • Removing the hazard or avoiding the hazardous process
  • Reducing the risk of hazard or hazardous process or exposure
  • Substituting or find alternatives to the hazard or process
  • Isolating or segregating the hazard to ensure positive control of the material or process
  • The use of safe engineering controls by placing a barrier between the user and the hazard, like machinery guarding and remote controlling
  • Managerial controls like the review of standard operating procedures, training, special instructions, information, cautionary signage and special permission procedures
  • The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, gloves, visors, glasses, earmuffs or plugs, aprons, safety boots, helmets, etc. PPE is usually used in conjunction with one or more of the other control measures.
This is known as the hierarchy of hazard control.
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