Controlling workplace hazards can help you build a positive safety culture and prevent accidents. Developing a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is an important step in controlling risk in your company. The JHA is a safety process that helps you integrate safety and health practices into job tasks in order to reduce the risk of injury to workers.
In the JHA process, each step of a job is evaluated to identify potential hazards and the safety controls necessary. No one understands the job better than the employees who perform it, so be sure to include them in the process. Start by talking to your employees about the tasks they feel are the riskiest:
- Which tasks already have a high rate of injury and/or illness?
- Which tasks have the greatest potential to cause serious injury or death?
- What new operations, equipment, and processes do you have?
- What complex tasks does your operation include?
Then, as a group, prioritize those tasks and begin developing JHAs for them.