How are you taking preventative measure against hazards in your workplace? Are your employees still exposed to workplace hazards?
The NIOSH Hierarchy of Controls was developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to create a plan of action, against everyday hazards in your workplace.
The NIOSH Hierarchy of Controls is broken down into 5 different methods:
- Engineering Controls
- Administrative Controls
- Personal Protective Equipment
The First Method of the NIOSH Hierarchy of Controls is Elimination. This method has you physically eliminate the hazard from your workplace as a whole. Emergent Safety recently introduced a product to eliminate conduit stub-ups in electrical construction called Stub-EASE™.
Conduit “stub-ups” have been traditionally accepted in the concrete construction industry as a necessary evil. Until now, methods of protection and awareness have ranged from spraying the “stub-up” safety orange and taping a flag to them, to setting concrete blocks over the top of the “stub-up”. All the while, the hazards for trips, falls, and expensive damage (or potential loss) of the raceway were only being highlighted or hidden. The concept is to maintain a coupling within the slab or below the grade of concrete to keep future extensions of the conduit from projecting beyond the top of concrete. The plastic sleeve, or pocket former Stub-EASE™ is attached to the embedded conduit via a threaded coupling, be it set screw or compression connection. This can be accomplished with a 90° bend on the conduit or using a threaded short radius 90° elbow, depending on the depth of the concrete slab. After the concrete pour, the HDPE (high-density polyethylene) sleeve and support is cut down to the top of concrete elevation and left in the slab until the future raceway is ready to be safely extended into a wall cavity. Then, the electrician can use their pliers to unscrew the sleeve, using the plastic partition wall in the middle of the sleeve, to expose the embedded threaded coupling.
For more information on Stub-EASE™ visit www.stub-ease.com
With the Substitution Method, you replace the hazard that is causing problems from your workplace. For instance, if you are working with materials that can emit Silica Dust, you are switched to a non-abrasive blast material.
3.) Engineering Controls
Engineering Controls are for when the issue is necessary in the work environment. Enabling a lockout/tagout program on machines minimizes the risk of machine hazards.
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4.) Administrative Controls
Administrative Controls are put into place, in the form of, signage, training, and hazard recognition by the employer themselves. This makes employees aware of the hazards surrounding them.
5.) Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment does not eliminate hazards, however it prevents injuries if a hazard were to occur. Personal Protective Equipment should be worn at all times, in workplaces where the hazard is visibly present.
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