When selecting occupational safety and health measures, orient on the so-called S-T-O-P principle. The abbreviation STOP stands for
“T” technical measures,
“O” organisational measures, and
“P” person- and behaviour-related safety measures.
The sequence of this list also corresponds to the order of measures to be performed.
The best measure always is to avoid or completely eliminate the hazard. For example, substances hazardous to health should be substituted by more harmless substances.
If this is not possible, the hazard must be kept as low as possible. Typically, technical solutions (for example closed-loop systems, safer methods, etc.) are most effective in the field of occupational safety and health.
They take priority over organisational regulations and person- and behaviour-related safety measures. This includes occupational healthcare, regular instructions of the employees, as well as the use of suitable protective equipment, for example. As a matter of principle, constantly wearing personal protective equipment should only be a short-term temporary solution.
Always take the measures according to the following sequence:
Please note: The legislator formulates general principles in the § 4 Safety and Health at Work Act you should take into consideration when selecting the measures: