Safety tip of the week: Job Hazard Analysis engages employees about safety

May 22, 2019
Written by wpengine

Everyone has something to contribute to the improvement of safety and health in the workplace.  Management must constantly provide employees with opportunities to participate in making the workplace safer. One technique is the Job Hazard Analysis.

Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) allows employees to participate in identifying dangers and substandard practices in the workplace and modify work methods to prevent injury, illness and incidents.  For the employer, there is an improvement in productivity and product quality. The JHA process encourages safe work practices on a personal level by a process that relies on employees’ expertise and knowledge about each job and related tasks.  When used as a tool for continuous improvement, the JHA improves communication between line employees, supervisors, team leaders and senior managers.

A JHA template can be found in the RS Safety Library in the Forms section.   You should review these JHAs every two years or when you have a change of processes to your current operations.

Also, see if your Accident Prevention Program is current with the results of the JHAs performed.  If additional personal protective gear is needed or not, does that reflect in your APP?

If you need help with this, please contact WR Safety Specialist Rick Means, who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198  x18, or [email protected].