Administrative controls are changes in the way that things are done in an attempt to improve safety. There are many ways that they can be used to help reduce workplace hazards. In most cases, administrative controls are implemented voluntarily to help ensure that a facility and its employees are as safe as possible. In other cases, they are implemented as part of an effort to remain in compliance with requirements from OSHA or other regulatory agencies. Either way, looking at examples of administrative controls can help provide you with ideas for updating policies, rules, schedules, and other aspects of the way your business operates.
Examples of Administrative Controls
The following are examples of administrative controls that have been successfully used in various facilities to improve workplace safety:
- Scheduling Dangerous Activity – If you need to perform some type of maintenance that could be dangerous, make sure to schedule it off hours so that as few people as possible are around. This will minimize the risk of who could get hurt.
- Rotating Job Duties – If you have jobs that require people to do the same thing throughout the day, make sure to rotate these duties over time. This will help to reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries in the workplace.
- Measuring Exposure to Ionizing Radiation – If your facility has areas where ionizing radiation is present, make sure that employees are measuring their exposure at all times. Once they reach a set limit, they should not be permitted to enter the areas again.
- Proper Cleaning Efforts – Keeping a facility free from clutter and potential contamination is critical for overall safety. All facilities should have a set cleaning procedure to make sure the area is free from debris that could cause fall hazards, damage machines, and much more.
Proper administrative controls are policies or procedures that are put in place to make sure specific activities to improve the safety of a facility are followed. Finding what will work in your facility takes ongoing effort, but in the end will help to ensure the workplace is as safe as possible.
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