Exposure to hazardous materials is controlled by utilizing certain controls. Those controls, in order of descending effectiveness, include:
- Elimination (remove the need for the hazardous material completely)
- Substitution (substitute a non-hazardous material for the hazardous material)
- Engineering controls (isolate people from the hazard with physical barriers or ventilation)
- Administrative controls (limit access to the hazardous materials and limit time users spend in contact with the hazardous material)
- Personal protective equipment (put protective items on the person that may be exposed)
EHS performs assessments to determine to what degree each of these controls can be used based on the hazardous material and the situation in which the material is being used. If you think you may be being exposed to a hazardous material, contact EHS for an assessment.