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Hierarchy of Hazard Controls

Hierarchy of hazard controls is a system recognized by the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH) to minimize or eliminate occupational hazards in the workplace. CED’s engineers are experts on industry standards such as this hierarchy.

The controls in the hierarchy are in order of decreasing effectiveness:

  • Elimination

Physically removing the hazard from the workplace.

  • Substitution

Replacing the hazard with a product that does not cause another hazard.

  • Engineering controls

Creating isolation from the hazard (does not eliminate).

  • Administrative controls

Changing the way people work, for example new procedures.

  • Personal protective equipment

Hard hats, respirators, safety footwear, etc.


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