Control measures 4 - Administrative control

Administrative controls limits the duration of working time of the workers at a hazardous place. Some examples of administrative controls include:

  • Giving workers longer rest periods or shorter work shifts to reduce exposure time;
  • Moving a hazardous work process to an area where fewer people will be exposed;
  • Changing a work process to a shift when fewer people are working;
  • Clear and readable signage are administrative tool for communication and control of hazards at workplaces (example on the right) ;
  • Compliance of regulatory provisions is the best administrative control;
  • Organisation of drills for emergency;
  • Inclusion of bonus to those who regard safety and follow the safety instructions
  • Disclosure of the hazards and risk to civil administration to get help in real emergency;
  • Inclusion of safety in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and demonstration with community of nearby.

An example of administrative controls being used together with engineering controls and personal protective equipment is: a four-hour limit for work in a fully enclosed, high noise area where ear protectors are required.

  1. Administrative controls limiting the amount of time working at a hazardous job can be used together with other methods of control to reduce exposure to hazards.
  2. Administrative controls do not eliminate exposures; they only reduce exposure time.


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