Quick Tip of the Week – Involve Workers in Job Safety Analyses

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July 7th, 2010

A job safety analysis (JSA) is not always best left only to a safety supervisor. Your workers’ experience in doing a job gives them superb knowledge of what can go wrong from a safety and health standpoint.

While some hazards can be obvious to everyone, many workers probably encounter situations that haven’t been considered by others. Your workers’ insights are vital.

Conducting a JSA is also valuable as a training guide for new employees, a “refresher” for existing employees and as a tool for determining why an incident happened.  

John Brengosz, loss prevention specialist at R&R, is a resource I consistently offer to my clients as he has extensive experience in conducting JSA’s.  The other piece is that John has a real talent for getting supervisors to “buy into” the process, which can often times be half the battle.  Currently, I have a client doing JSA’s department by department and the response by the supervisors and the employees has been terrific.  Now, evaluating the work station at the beginning of a worker’s shift has simply become a natural “step one” before work begins - It’s just a part of the culture!

If you would like to know more about how we help our clients conduct JSA’s, keep their employees more safe, and ultimately, make them more profitable, please contact me at tom.boudreau@rrins.com or 262-953-7171.

Best Regards,

Tom

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