TQUK Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (RQF)

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Hierarchy of Control

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Hierarchy of Control for Managing Risks: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding the Hierarchy of Control

The Hierarchy of Control is a structured approach used to manage risks effectively:


Elimination involves assessing if the risk can be completely removed. Consider alternative substances or methods that may eliminate the need for the hazardous substance altogether.


Reduction focuses on minimizing the amount of the substance required for the task. Proper measurement and delivery methods can help reduce exposure and spillage.


Enclosure aims to limit exposure by confining the substance to specific areas or using barriers to restrict access.

Engineering Controls

Engineering Controls involve implementing machinery or systems to handle the substance, reducing direct human contact and minimizing risks.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last resort and includes equipment like gloves, goggles, or masks. While essential in some cases, PPE should not be the primary method of control.

Implementing Control Measures

Employers must adhere to COSHH regulations and implement appropriate control measures:

  • Employees should use control measures provided by employers.
  • Any issues or concerns regarding control measures should be reported to a manager.


By following the Hierarchy of Control and ensuring compliance with regulations, workplaces can effectively manage risks associated with hazardous substances, safeguarding the health and safety of employees.