Control measure – Safe system of work: Working near water or other liquids

Control Measure Knowledge

Where possible the risk of accidentally entering water or other liquids should be mitigated by using:

  • Cordons
  • Suitable existing or improvised guarding or barriers
  • Work restraint systems

Personnel working near water or other liquids should wear personal floatation devices that are compatible with existing personal protective equipment (PPE). The wearing of fire helmets when working near water or other liquids should take into account the operational activity being performed and the risk of accidental entry into water.

For control measures for working on or in water refer to National Operational Guidance: Water rescue and flooding.

For information regarding work restraints refer to National Operational Guidance: Subsurface, height, structures and confined spaces- Unguarded edges.

Strategic Actions

Tactical Actions