Hierarchy of Control

October 05 2020
By: Terry L. Mathis

In my conversation with Sonni Gopal on RedRisks (www.redrisks.com/sg/live/), comments were made that the top control, elimination, was the most effective but likely the most difficult to use. Some risks cannot be eliminated without eliminating the business or purpose of the organization. However, asking if it can be eliminated is a good exercise to make sure you have not become complacent Hierarchy of Control with the risk or simply accepted it because it has been there for a long time.

New thinking and new technologies can often address old problems in ways not before possible. Sometimes the reasons for old equipment or processes has been replaced, and they are no longer necessary. Whatever the reason, it is wise to periodically review risks and see if they can be eliminated even if we have not been able to do so in the past.

Terry L. Mathis

Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.