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Critical Control Management: Implementation Guide

9 December 2015

Critical control management is an integral part of risk management that focuses on identifying and managing the controls that are critical to preventing catastrophic or fatal events.


  • There is no one right way to implement ICMM's Critical Control Management: Good Practice Guide. It needs to be tailored to suit individual companies and sites. This implementation guide provides guidance on how to implement the critical control management (CCM) approach. It also provides history and context of the approach, potential benefits and obstacles, and how an organisation can adopt CCM.

  • The majority of MUEs within the mining and metals industry are known, as are the controls.

  • Most serious events including MUEs are associated with failures to effectively implement known controls rather than not knowing what the risks and controls should be.

  • More can be less. A hazard management plan of 50 pages will often contain many controls, which can be complex to understand, implement and monitor. This can lead to less robust management of critical controls.

  • Less can be more. The fewer number of controls, the more robustly they can be monitored.

  • Some controls are more important than others. These critical controls should be monitored more regularly.