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Work Practice and Administrative Controls

Work Practice Controls

Safe work practices include your company's general workplace rules and other operation-specific rules. For example, even when a hazard is enclosed, exposure can occur when maintenance is necessary. Through established safe work practices, employee exposure to hazards can be further reduced.

OSHA standard include many work practice controls that describe procedures for:

  • lockout/tagout
  • using PPE
  • working around high voltage powerlines, and
  • wiring electrical circuits.

Administrative Controls

While safe work practices can be considered forms of administrative controls, OSHA uses the term administrative controls to mean other measures aimed at reducing employee exposure to hazards. These measures include additional relief workers, exercise breaks and rotation of workers. These types of controls are normally used in conjunction with other controls that more directly prevent or control exposure to the hazard.

Work practice control measures include:

  • safety rules
  • Lengthened rest breaks
  • Additional relief workers
  • Exercise breaks to vary body motions, and
  • Rotation of workers through different jobs

Administrative and work practice controls normally are used in conjunction with other controls that more directly prevent or control exposure to hazard.