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Implementing a job hazard analysis program.
Morris JA; Wachs JE
AAOHN J 2003 Apr; 51(4):187-193
Analyzing the workplace for hazards and controlling the hazards identified to reduce risk is a proactive approach to workplace safety and the primary prevention of occupational illnesses and injuries. A JHA is a simple, time tested, and effective tool to assist in this analysis. Job hazard analysis methods may enhance and complement many current business initiatives. When programs can be integrated to contribute to leadership mandates, there are opportunities for increased support and resources. Involving other departments and disciplines with complementary programs also reduces duplication of effort. Prioritizing jobs to be analyzed based on risk assessment results in a manageable approach for beginning a program. A team process involving employees, supervisors, and key safety participants is most effective. Successful programs encourage each team member to observe or videotape key jobs, list the job steps, and involve the team in developing hazard reduction solutions and safe job procedures. When effectually used, JHAs have been proven to improve communication and participation, while enhancing worker safety.
Humans; Safety-measures; Work-environment; Hazards; Occupational-health
Issue of Publication
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
IL; MI; TN
University of Illinois at Chicago
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division