Utility workers and skilled technicians who work on off-site jobs understand that OSHA requires contractors and crews to perform a Task Hazard Analysis (THA) as part of the job briefing process prior to the beginning of a job assignment.
According to OSHA, best practice suggests that the foreman or contractor (supervisor) provides a briefing to provide an overview of the scheduled task. After the briefing, a hands-on employee should provide the THA (some refer to the talk as a hazard analysis or job safety analysis). The people who perform the work typically know the job process and the hazards that may arise. Additionally, they have first-hand experience and are aware of potential problems.
Finally, THAs are living documents. They should be reviewed after lunch or other lengthy breaks to keep hazards fresh in employees’ minds. A Task Hazard Analysis could be the most important tool used in a day.
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