A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is a trusted and essential process for integrating EHS best practices with individual job tasks in order to improve safety in the workplace and efficiency. When done properly and routinely, a JHA will help determine: the level of risk to workers; the controls (i.e. engineering, administrative, and presonal protective equipment) required to protect the worker; and priorities for implementation.
In summary, the JHA process consists of the following steps:
Step 1 - Identify and Prioritize the Jobs for Analysis
Step 2 - Evaluate the Job and Breakdown the Tasks of the Job
Step 3 - Assess the Risks of the Job and or Tasks
Step 4 - Develop or Identify Control Measures to Mitigate the Risk
Step 5 - Document the Findings and Control Measures to Be Implemented
Step 6 - Implement the Control Measures and Review
The goal of the JHA is to eliminate or reduce the hazards to an acceptable risk. RME Safety and Environmental, LLC (RME) staff can assist your team with completing JHAs and PPE Assessments, including identifying which jobs might benefit most from a detailed JHA. RME recently completed JHA's for a chemical manufacturing and fertilizer distribution facility for process operators working with multiple types of equipment and hazardous/toxic chemicals. As a result of RME's work, the facility updated its PPE requirements and HAZCOM Training Program.