Safety Focus of the Week: The Jobsite Hazard Assessment (Revisited)
The essence of a safe job site is to assess and eliminate hazards. Our daily jobsite hazard assessment (JHA) serves as a hazard risk assessment form for the work to be performed for the day.
The process involved in performing the hazard risk assessment with the Daily JHA Form includes:
- Describe the project and work conditions
- Identify potential hazards
- Eliminate or reduce hazards.
- Select PPE
- Select measures to protect the workers, the public, and private property.
- Identify the emergency contact numbers, local hospitals, and health care providers.
JHA Form: ECI Document Library
Of particular concern is the potential for the process to become too mundane, particularly on an on-going project with similar daily activities. To address this potential, the following measures can be taken:
- Mix it up. Start the list from the bottom.
- Focus on a particular hazard each day. Make that item the Focus of the Day.
- Pass it Around. Assign the duty to fill out and present the Tailboard to others.
- Ask for Help. Ask for Matt to come to the morning safety meeting and have them prepare the Tailboard for a new perspective.
- Revisit the JHA throughout the day to see if the crew is compliant with the plan.