Critical Control Management: Good practice guide (2015)

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The global mining and metals industry has made great progress in improving health and safety performance.

This document provides guidance on managing critical controls to prevent the most serious types of health and safety incidents, material unwanted events (MUEs). Critical Control Management (CCM) is an integral part of risk management and aids in identifying the priority risks in a company and implementing critical controls to prevent an incident or mitigate its impact.


The guide provides advice on how to identify and manage critical controls that can either prevent a serious incident occurring in the first place or minimise the consequences if a serious incident were to occur.

This document provides specific guidance on:

Preparation for the CCM process

The CCM process outlined here is a step-by-step approach where the process is divided between planning and implementation. It is important for an organisation undertaking CCM to have the right skills, experience and resources to implement it to a high standard. The organisation should also have buy-in from senior executives. Such support is a fundamental characteristic of the organisational maturity required to succeed with CCM.

If an organisation is unsure whether it is mature enough to begin, it is recommended that the organisation undertake a review of its readiness to adopt CCM. This guidance document includes an analysis tool that might help identify that readiness: the CCM journey model and mapping tool. The tool is structured as a journey chart, with each step of the journey describing an increased level of control management culture and practices. The tool can help map the organisation’s current status, as well as provide ideas for moving towards CCM by establishing the required foundation.

Once an organisation has assessed its maturity and established the appropriate foundation, it is ready to proceed with the process.

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