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Toolbox: Identifying Controls

Identifying controls 

Our basic and last line of defense is using the correct PPE for the job.  Don’t get lazy on a windy day and think the basic safety glasses will do, grab goggle styles or flex style glasses to ensure foreign bodies are unable to enter your eyes.  Depending on the job scope FR coveralls may not do the job because you may need more protection from the chemicals you have to use.  Do I have the right glove for the job?  Check out the SDS if you are working with or around any products to help you dress appropriately.  What about hearing protection is it single or double in the area and work scope I have today.

Your morning toolbox talk should have indicated some of this already.


Once you have the correct PPE your next step is to look at what equipment you will need:  ladders? Supplied air? Power or hand tools?  Again ask the question “am I trained enough to use these items so that I can work safely?”


Once on the site and filling out my FLHA, there are other issues to think about.   I may have to access and work off of a scaffold so checking the tag to ensure the scaffold has been checked within the guidelines and see what special instructions to support I may need.  I may have to have a harness on to be able to work on this job scope.  There may be other craft in my work area carrying on work?  How will they affect my safety?  Lighting is often missed and can affect many parts of the job, especially when doing a lift.  Weather can also play a huge factor in the safety of the job: too hot, too cold, icy, windy etc….all this must be address with achievable controls in place on my FLHA.


Safety is your responsibility so take it seriously so you can enjoy your days at the job as well as off.

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