Operational Planning and Control
Operational planning and controls need to be established and implemented to enhance occupational health and safety, eliminate hazards or at least reduce the OH&S risks to levels as low as possible for operational areas and activities.
When planning and developing operational controls, priority is given to control options with higher reliability in preventing work-related injury and ill health. The OH&S management system processes and activities are established to ensure that operational controls are implemented effectively, and actions taken to mitigate issues or determined nonconformities.
Operational planning and controls can use a variety of different methods, for example:
- Proactive projects with actions to identify hazards and address risks and opportunities – (See Risk Analysis).
- Managing resources with maintenance and inspection programs – (see Resource Management)
- Ensuring the competency and awareness of workers with relevant training programs – (see Training Requirements)
- The introduction of documented information with procedures, instructions, and record keeping forms – (see Documented Information).
Other operational controls can include:
- Specifications for the procurement/purchasing of goods and services
- Compliance with preventive regulations and manufacturer’s instructions for equipment
- Specific benchmark for measuring all operational processes and identifying results, and suitability or acceptance
- Engineering controls (physical devices such as barriers) followed by administrative controls (warnings, safety signs, alarms, and signals, or access control procedures and other work instructions)
- Documenting that operational plans have been effectively and successfully implemented with proof of consistent results and improved performance
- Adaptation of work to workers, for example:
- Defining, or redefining, how work is organized
- Defining, or redefining, processes and working conditions/work environment to workers
- Induction / orientation / training of new employees / workers
- Designing a new workplace and new equipment by using ergonomic approaches, etc.
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