Northern California Engineering Contractors Association

Hierarchy of Controls

Job sites are dangerous places and can have numerous hazards at any given moment. As employees, it is important to know how to protect yourself from these hazards by using controls.

There are typically multiple safeguards available at your disposal to control a single hazard, ranging in effectiveness.

To help evaluate these safeguards, in this toolbox talk we will discuss a safety mechanism known as “the hierarchy of controls” and provide an example of using it on the construction site to evaluate and mitigate risk.

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