Principles of Control - Main Topics of Study

General Principles of Prevention

  • Avoiding, evaluating and controlling risks
  • Collective and individual protective measures
  • Roles, categories and features of safety signs

Hierarchy of Control

  • Elimination or substitution
  • Exposure reduction
  • Isolation and segregation
  • Engineering controls
  • Personal protective equipment

Safe Systems of Work

  • Employers duty
  • Competent persons
  • Employee involvement
  • Written procedures
  • Writing a method statement
  • Forms of control
  • Development of safe systems of work

Permits to Work

  • Operation of the permit system
  • Typical permit and appropriate circumstances – hot work, work on electrical systems, confined spaces, plant maintenance

Emergency Procedures

  • Objectives of developing emergency procedures
  • Requirements for first aid provision
  • Arrangements for contacting emergency and rescue services
  • Emergency cover for shift work and remote locations


Recommended Reading

Main Text:

Introduction to Health & Safety at Work : Hughes & Ferrett, Taylor & Francis

Alternative Texts and Further Reading:

Simple, Sensible Safety

Plan, Do, Check, Act