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If elimination is not reasonably practicable, you must minimise the risk by: SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 11 OF 52
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Substitution – substitute the plant (or hazardous parts of it) with plant that is safer . For example, a manufacturer may be able to substitute a component with one that has higher heat tolerance. Isolation – separate the hazardous plant from people, either by distance or physical barrier. For example plant could be specified for use in an isolated or controlled environment. Engineering controls – include modifications to tools or equipment, for example an importer could install guards to prevent contact with moving parts of machinery or retrofit a roll over protective structure on a tractor. If risk remains, it must be minimised by implementing administrative controls , so far as is reasonably practicable, for example using a lock-out system of work to ensure that plant can be physically isolated from its power source while maintenance or cleaning work is being done. Providing training and supervision, using warning signs or arranging work to minimise the time spent near noisy machinery are all examples of administrative controls. Any remaining risk must be minimised with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) , such as providing workers with breathing protection, hard hats, gloves, aprons and protective eyewear. Administrative control measures and PPE rely on human behaviour and supervision, and used on their own, tend to be least effective in minimising risks. Combinations of control measures In many cases, a combination of control measures will provide the best solution. For example, protecting workers from flying debris when using a concrete cutting saw may involve guarding the blade (engineering), isolating the work area by using barriers (isolation) and signs (administrative), and providing PPE such as a face shield. 2.4 Reviewing risk control measures The control measures that are implemented must be reviewed, and if necessary, revised to make sure they work as planned and that no new hazards have been introduced by the control measures. A person conducting a business or undertaking must review and as necessary revise control measures: when the control measure is not effective in controlling the risk before a change at the workplace that is likely to give rise to a new or different health and safety risk that the control measure may not effectively control if a new hazard or risk is identified if the results of consultation indicate that a review is necessary if a health and safety representative requests a review. Designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of plant may use quality assurance processes to check that the plant effectively minimises health and safety risks. Obtain feedback from users of the plant to determine whether any improvements can be made to make it safer.
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