2 min read

Beyond Identification: Empowering Safety Through Critical Control Management

Featured Image

Understanding the activities within your business that pose the greatest risk to your personnel and, crucially, gauging the effectiveness of the controls in place to mitigate these risks is essential for fostering a safe working environment.

Critical Control Management (CCM) is a systematic approach that focuses on identifying and prioritising the most vital controls within a business or operational environment to effectively mitigate risks and prevent major incidents. Critical controls specifically target the root causes of critical risks and the CCM process involves rigorous analysis to pinpoint the critical controls that have the most significant impact on preventing catastrophic events or harm to personnel, the environment, and assets. By focusing resources on the most consequential controls, organisations can optimise their risk management efforts and enhance overall safety performance.


The journey begins with a thorough understanding of critical controls and their role in mitigating identified risks. Critical controls are the linchpin of an effective risk management strategy, encompassing measures that directly address the underlying causes of critical risks. Unlike general controls, which may offer broad protection across various hazards, critical controls (such as elimination and substitution controls) are tailored to specific risks, maximising their effectiveness and efficiency. Whether through elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, or personal protective equipment (PPE), organisations must implement controls that provide the greatest risk reduction while minimising operational impact.


Organisations need to follow a rigorous selection process to ensure effective CCM. This process involves identifying and prioritising controls based on their feasibility and efficacy. Organisations can use data from risk assessments and insights from subject matter experts to determine the most appropriate controls to mitigate identified risks. By using techniques such as bowtie analysis or a 5x5 risk matrix (likelihood and severity), organisations can visualise control effectiveness and choose measures that can offer the greatest risk reduction while aligning with operational requirements and constraints.


However, implementing controls is only the beginning—sustained effectiveness requires ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and refinement. Continuous monitoring ensures that controls remain effective over time and adapt to changing conditions or emerging risks. Through methods such as inspections, audits, and performance metrics, organisations can assess and control performance, identify deficiencies, and take corrective action as needed. Furthermore, engaging employees in the monitoring process fosters a culture of ownership and accountability, empowering individuals to proactively identify and address control failures or deviations.


Using Ideagen Lucidity for Critical Risk Management, including critical controls


Did you know that critical control management has been added to Ideagen Lucidity's risk management capability, enabling customers to manage all aspects of Critical Risk Management?

  • Controls can now be marked as critical or standard.
  • A hierarchy of controls can be applied to all controls, e.g., Elimination, Substitution, Engineering, Administration, and PPE.
  • Controls can be categorised to indicate if they're preventative or mitigating.
  • Controls can be grouped and organised by type, making them easier to find and locate when applying them to risks.
  • Admins are now able to manage risk and control properties by adding them to libraries. 

Contact us today to find out more.