Job-related injuries occur every day in workplaces across the country. Often these injuries happen because employees have not been trained or, over time, have gotten lax in following safe job procedures.
One way to prevent workplace injuries is to establish proper job procedures and train all employees in safer and more efficient work methods.
The hazards of a job create the potential for harm in practical terms; a hazard often is associated with a condition or activity that, if left uncontrolled, can result in an injury or illness.
Identifying job hazards and eliminating or controlling them as early as possible will help prevent injuries and illnesses.
A job hazard analysis can be performed for all jobs in the workplace, whether the job is "special," non-routine or routine. Such an approach can analyze jobs with the highest injuries, jobs with potential injuries, those in which human error can lead to a serious accident, and jobs that are new to your operation.
Develop a checklist before beginning your analysis. This may include (but should not be limited to) the following questions:
A job hazard analysis is detective work. The goal is to discover the following:
Involve employees in your hazard analysis. They have a unique understanding of their jobs and this knowledge is invaluable for identifying hazards.