Last updated April 2022
What is the hierarchy of control?
The hierarchy of control is a risk control method that sets out approaches you can use to control risks and hazards in the workplace, in order of implementation, with the highest controls being those that eliminate or substitute the risk.
The hierarchy of control is a structured approach to selecting appropriate control measures to eliminate or reduce risks you have identified in your workplace.
There are six stages in the hierarchy of control:
6. Personal protective equipment (PPE).
Stages higher up in the hierarchy are generally more effective for minimising risks. You should not consider less effective measures until you have fully assessed the possibility of implementing controls that are more effective.