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22 Risk control techniques > Detective controls - Pg. 242

242 Risk Response a level of risk, documented procedures ­ together with information, training and instruction ­ can be seen as directive controls. An example of directive controls is the requirement to wear personal protective equipment when undertaking potentially dangerous activities. Staff will need to be trained in the correct use of the equipment and a level of supervision will be required in order to ensure that it is used correctly. The advantage of directive controls is that the risk control requirements can be explained during a normal training and instruction session provided for staff. How- ever, directive controls, especially in relation to health and safety risks, represent a low level of control that may require constant supervision in order to ensure that the correct procedures are being followed. Although directive controls on their own represent an insecure and unreliable method of risk control, they will always be a component in the overall approach to risk control adopted by any organization. Developing systems, procedures and protocols are important for any organization. However, there is a danger that if the developed procedures are not implemented in practice, the organization will be more exposed to allegations of poor risk control. Developing detailed risk control procedures is an indication by the organization that risks exist and need to be managed. However, failing to implement the identified procedures will leave the organization unable to defend itself by claiming that it was not aware of the risks.