LEAD Action News

LEAD Action News vol 3 no 4 Spring 1995. ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
The journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.

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Hierarchy of Controls for Workers and Industry

by Sue Pennicuik, Environment Project Officer,
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

It is useful to compare the order of preferred controls for hazards to workers with the order of preferred pollution prevention measures involved in cradle to grave management of toxins. Sue Pennicuik presents the following "hierarchies of control" to workers.

Pollution Prevention Principles:
for dealing with pollution in the workplace

  • Eliminate

  • Reduce

  • Repair / Re-use

  • Recycle on Site

  • Recycle off Site

  • Treatment

  • Disposal

Health and Safety Principles:
for dealing with hazards in the workplace

  • Design

  • Elimination / Substitution

  • Change the Process

  • Enclosure / Isolation

  • Exhaust / Ventilation / Extraction

  • Housekeeping / Maintenance

  • Administrative Procedures

  • Personal Protective Equipment

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