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Control measure
Identify and communicate hazards

Control measure knowledge

See National Operational Guidance: Incident command - Situational awareness

See National Operational Guidance: Incident command - Safety management

It is essential for establishing appropriate safe systems of work that incident commanders have an acute awareness of the situation and the hazards that are present. Dynamic risk assessment is the process by which an incident commander in a fast-moving situation will identify hazards and risks faced by those in attendance. Information about the hazards and risk to safety and the preventative measures and safe systems of work should be communicated in an appropriate and timely manner to relevant personnel.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide information, instruction and training to all personnel on common hazards in the operational environment

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Gather information from a variety of sources to gain accurate situational awareness and understanding
  • Ensure that everyone on the incident ground is fully briefed on the current hazards, specific risks and control measures including other agencies and organisations