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Administrative Controls for Safer Workplaces

Administrative controls are an excellent means of creating safe workplaces. They can be used with other control measures that are already in place. 

It is simple to implement administrative controls such as adding no-go areas, permit systems and work sequencing. 

Note that using them alone for the purpose of minimising the risk of falls is only recommended when using higher-order controls is not reasonable or practical.

No-go Areas

These are specially designated spaces that require extreme caution at all times. 

Protecting people from the hazards in these areas is done by using warning signs. 

These signs can warn people to avoid accessing the area, or they can highlight the risks that go along with entering a space where unguarded hazards lurk. 

Areas, where overhead work is being performed, are prime spots for being designated as no-go spaces. 

Provide instructions and enough supervision for these areas so that no unauthorised individuals can enter them.

If there are areas where the risks include getting hit by falling objects, use barriers together with highly-visible signs. 

Be sure the signs are fixed securely at all times.

Permit Systems

Introduce a permit system where work areas are particularly hazardous. This system allows only competently trained personnel into the area. 

These individuals must be trained to use appropriate control measures to do the work. 

Some examples include:

  • Tagging scaffold access points as restricted when being erected or dismantled. 

Add signs with verbiage such as “only licensed scaffolders allowed on or near incomplete scaffolds.” 

  • Requiring permits around travel-restraint systems or fall-arrest systems.

Work Sequencing

Sequence work so that workers are not doing different trade work above each other or below one another simultaneously. 

Plan tasks on ladders for limited periods. Consider creating height limits on ladders during excessively hot or cold weather.

Safe Work Procedures

Administrative controls can be simple. They can be a stated set of steps that describe the safe undertaking of a work task. 

They may include instruction, training and various levels of supervision. 

For instance, if you wish to limit the risk of falls when workers enter or exit vehicles, you would incorporate a rule where drivers are never to jump down from their cabs. 

Additionally, they must maintain three points of contact when entering or exiting the cab. 

You may wish to add a level of supervision to make sure all workers are adhering to the administrative controls you put into place.

If you are looking for knowledgeable and experienced scaffolders, who have leading-hands that work together with you and offer expert advice, please contact us at Skelscaff today on 1300 266 607 or email us at contact@skelscaff.com.au.