By Timothy M. Murray, GSP, Risk Control Consultant
A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is the evaluation of hazards and risks associated with a particular job task. The majority of safety professionals use the terms JHA and Job Safety Analysis (JSA) interchangeably. Developing a JHA is the first step to an effective behavior based safety approach. A JHA, along with excellent training and observations, is the start to your organization developing a true safety culture.
A JHA is a technique used to identify the dangers of specific tasks in order to reduce the risk of injury to workers. Listed below are just a few of the many added benefits to completing a JHA / JSA:
- Clearly defines each worker’s job description: This is very beneficial, especially on construction sites; before any work is performed, everyone is on the same page.
- Identifies tasks required to complete the job safely and efficiently.
- Improves new-hire orientation.
- Outlines job performance and safety procedures that need to be followed.
- Enhances safety performance and overall employee morale.
Ultimately, the use of a JHA is a great way to increase safety awareness throughout your entire company. This will help your company address OSHA regulations and improve employee communication as well as help new hires integrate into your company’s safety procedures. For a true behavior based safety approach, everyone must be on the same page with respect to what safe behaviors are for all hazards present while performing any particular job.
Contact Tim directly at 717.205.9441 or a member of the Murray Risk Control Team at 717.397.9600 for additional assistance on resources and tools for prevention, including materials contained in the Succeed / KPA risk management platform.
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