Infographic: Prevent Workplace Accidents Using the Hierarchy of Hazard Control



The Hierarchy of Hazard Control gives employers and safety professionals a tool to effectively tackle their workplace hazards.

The International Labour Association states that over 2.3 million workers are severely injured each year. This means that they can’t return to the job after an accident or disease caught in the workplace.

This Infographic provides a basic, easy to understand description of the most effective methods of accident prevention, using the ‘hierarchy of hazard control.’ This is a system which can be applied to any industry. It ranges from complete accident prevention to the use of common PPE, e.g. hard hats, respirators.

The hierarchy is set from the most to least effective methods of hazard control:

  1. Eliminating the risk of incidents and accidents.
  2. Substitute one risk for another, e.g. one chemical for a less hazardous one.
  3. Physically changing the workplace for hazard protection.
  4. Training workers to perform their job more safely.
  5. Right use of Personal protective equipment (PPE) and making workers aware about the different components of PPE.

Before deciding on the most effective form of protection, workers must be asked for their own opinion. Perhaps, there’s a rising temperature or noise at a certain time of day. This information can be gathered, then organized and examined to choose the most effective methods of protection or prevention.

It is a basic human right to return home safely from work; nobody should be killed or harmed in occupational accidents.

Safety should be seen as a basic right of everyone in the workplace. The economic effects that this can have on your company are also an important reason to make safety a top priority.

This Infographic simply describes:

  • The most effective methods of accident prevention or reduction.
  • How they can be accomplished.
  • Common heavy industry examples.

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