5.7. Interim Measures

Using a lower  hazard control method over a higher priority control strategy

may be appropriate for providing interim (temporary) protection until the hazard is abated permanently

Using a lower priority hazard control method over another higher priority control strategy may be appropriate for providing interim (temporary) protection until the hazard is abated permanently. If you can’t eliminate the hazard entirely, the interim control measures will likely be a combination of control methods used together.

OSHA believes that feasible interim measures are always available if higher-level control methods are not possible.

Involve Employees

Decide to correct the hazards identified during the JHA after discussing with employees who perform the job and consider their responses carefully.

If you plan to introduce new or modified job procedures, be sure employees understand what they are required to do and the reasons for the changes.

The number one reason employees do not follow procedures is because they just don’t know why the procedures are important.