Reviewing the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) for a specific task is crucial for management to ensure the adequate safety protection of employees.
A JHA can also be an opportunity to engage employees in safety practices, techniques, and critical thinking skills. Knowing how to self-identify hazards in the workplace is a valuable tool to build and encourage a safety-conscious culture in every team member. Additionally, integrating JHA as part of operations can drastically minimize incidents, injuries, and illnesses.
The JHA heavily relies on the employee’s expertise and management’s teaching to ensure employees are well trained, have job task expertise, and know the specific safety practices for each. The JHA, when used as a continuous improvement tool, enhances communication among front-line employees, team leaders, supervisors, and managers.
Additional points to remember:
If you see claims revolving around a specific tool or task, it is time to review the JHA to make sure it is correct. Also, consider re-training employees for proper PPE use.
A JHA template can be found here. It is recommended that your company’s JHA is reviewed annually or when there is a change in the operations process.
When the JHA review is complete, ensure that your Accident Prevention Program (APP) reflects the JHA and its quality.
If you do not have an APP for your business, try our free eAPP, which has the JHA template as part of the library templates.
Our safety team is available to help members improve their safety programs beyond compliance and toward quality safety practices. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.