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Job Hazard Analysis

Supervisors are required to assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). If such hazards are present the supervisor must select, and have each affected employee use, the types of PPE that will protect them from the hazards identified in the hazard assessment. 

A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is a safety tool that can be used to define and communicate PPE requirements associated with a specific job or task. Perform a JHA by breaking down a job into its component steps and then evaluate each step to identify hazards. Each hazard is then addressed or a method of worker protection (e.g. engineering control, work practice or PPE) is identified. The final product is a written document that establishes a standard of safe operation for a particular job.

The benefits of Job Hazard Analysis include:

  • Set performance standards
  • Standardized operations based on acceptable safe practices and personal protective equipment
  • Provide a form of training documentation regarding the employee’s knowledge of the job requirements
  • Comply with OSHA requirements
  • Reduce injuries
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase morale
  • Protect employees
  • Assist in standard-specific compliance (e.g., personal protective equipment, Hazard Communication, etc.)

Supervisors are responsible for preparing or accessing and sharing the JHA for the jobs or tasks performed by their employees. A representative from Campus Safety is available to help identify hazards or recommend appropriate controls. 

Employees are required to review the JHA for the job or tasks that they perform and comply with the safety controls that are prescribed.

May 26, 2022