ES&H Safety Tip of the Week: Make the Most of Your JHAM
analysis and mitigation (JHAM) is a technique we use to make our
workplace—and ourselves—safer. It is a cornerstone of the SLAC approach
to integrated safety management.
A sample JHAM
Remember, it is not an evaluation of your performance but of the job
itself. Job hazard analysis lets us look objectively and systematically
at what we do to identify any possible hazards in the way a job is
performed so we can make changes and do the job with less risk of
accidents or injuries. In our JHAM process we scope the work, identify
the hazards and develop the hazard controls. Then we perform the work
within the controls. When possible it is good to look at the final job
and consider how it might be improved (be done more safely) next time,
communicating improvement ideas to the supervisor and work team.
We use routine JHAMs
in evaluating and authorizing the work that we regularly do in the
workplace. If we are faced with work that is not on our routine JHAM we
must work with our supervisor to create a non-routine JHAM.
Only when both you and
your supervisor have signed the non-routine JHAM are you authorized to
conduct this work. All routine JHAMs are reviewed and re-signed annually
to ensure they capture changes and control the routine hazards of our
Job hazard analysis also offers us a
way to look at everything we do with new eyes. That is why it is
important to develop the habit of going through the mental checklist of
scoping the work, identifying the hazards and identifying the hazard
controls prior to performing the task.
Always remember to
perform the work within the controls, then assess the work and
communicate improvements. When you continually ask, “What can go wrong
here?” you make it less likely anything will go wrong.
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call the Safety Service Desk (Ext. 4554).
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