Risk Control Measures
What are Risk control measures?
Risk control measures are the steps that are implemented by a company to reduce the chances that any of their employees will be injured on the job, or to reduce the chances that anything they make will cause harm to the community it is produced in.
What are Risk control measures like?
Risk control measures are like the rules established by parents to keep their children from being injured, lost, or stolen. A parent establishes rules, boundaries, and guidelines to stop their children from wandering too far from their home, from leaving with strangers, from being injured by fire, electricity, or other dangerous elements in their home. The parent teaches the child what the rules are, like the employer will teach their employees what the risk control measures at their company are. The parent often reviews the safety rules they have established, and they develop a set of consequences that the child will have to face if they are caught breaking the safety rules. The employer also reviews whether or not their employees are aware of the risk control measures, and establishes a set of consequences the employee will face if they do not follow the risk control measures.
What is the purpose of Risk control measures?
The purpose of risk control measures is to reduce the number of injuries that happen in the workplace.
What is the principal structure of a Risk control measure?
The principle structure of the risk control measures are:
- To identify the possibility of risks in the workplace
- To identify which employees are most likely to be impacted by these risks
- To educate the employees about the possibility of risks
- To train the employees so that they know what to do in the event of an emergency, so they know how to report an incident, and so they know how to report something they feel to be unsafe in their work environment
- To do periodic evaluations of the employees knowledge of the risk control measures
- To reprimand any employee that is caught not following the risk control measures
What are the different types of Risk control measures?
The different types of risk control measures include:
- To perform good housekeeping practices in the workplace. This will include evaluating each work area for safety hazards such as toxic fumes, and removing any tripping hazards.
- Establish a safe evacuation route for all employees in case of an emergency. Mark these routes so that new hires, and employees that might be confused during an evacuation can clearly find the proper exit
- Practice safety drills periodically to make sure that employees know what to do in the event of an emergency
- Replace as many manually operated equipment as possible with automated equipment to reduce injuries do to human error
- Install guards on any machine that has a potential to be dangerous to the workers
- Re-design any task that seems to have increased risks so that you eliminate as much danger as possible
- Implement policies for people to follow when they are working so they will be safe and do regular training so that every employee knows the policies
- Provide personal protection for your employees. This may include gloves, safety glasses, or footwear to protect the employee from risks
- Establish dress codes for employees to help keep them from being injured by loose clothing being caught in a machine, or by a respirator not sealing due to facial hair.
What terms are used when selecting Risk control measures?
Some of the common terms used when selecting risk control measures are:
- Substitution – meaning to use one thing instead of another
- Risk – meaning the chances that something bad will occur
- Machinery – meaning something that is powered by a motor, or by human power
- PSE – meaning personal protection equipment like safety goggles, protective masks, respirators
- Administration – meaning the heads of departments that make the decisions, and implement the regulations that help keep a worker safe
- WHS – means Work Health & Safety
- Hazard control log – where the control measures that are implemented to keep employees safe are listed, and the name of the person responsible for seeing to it that the control measures are used properly are also listed
Where can I find more information about a Risk control measures?
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