Elimination: Physically Remove the Hazard

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  • 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.

Examples include:

    • 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