A risk management approach to controlling the sources of workplace stress.
The hierarchy of control is a common consultative process used to identify the hazards and control risks, as far as reasonably practicable; and control exposure to factors which might contribute to work-related stress, illness or injury.
The risk management process is structured starting with the highest level of protection and reliability to the lowest.
When addressing a work-related hazard, the first step is elimination.
If elimination is not possible and the risk remains, then progress down the chain to the next step minimisation.
Repeating the process and progressing further down the chain to administrative controls and finally PPE as required.
Further information about how to take a risk management approach to controlling work-related factors can be found in WorkSafe Victoria’s Preventing and managing work-related stress: A guide for employers.