Elimination: Physically Remove the Hazard
- Most effective early in the design process to prevent exposures that can result in illness or injury.
- More difficult to implement for an existing process when major changes in equipment or processes may be required.
- Complete hazard elimination is most difficult to achieve, thus requiring implementation of other control strategies.
- Discontinue using non-safety engineered devices
- Removing hazardous chemicals
- Discontinue using cuspidors, saliva ejectors
- Removing asbestos in dental procedures (previously in dental tape; some small quantities may still be available)
- Removing old non-functioning equipment and electrical devices