Top 5 Safetips of 2017

December 20, 2017
By Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

Safetips form one of our blog series on Enablon Insights. Every Wednesday we share a tip or best practice that contributes to safety excellence. So far we shared more than 100 Safetips from Enablon, industry associations, professional organizations and thought leaders.

A total of 49 Safetips were published in 2017. In this post we highlight the top five that deserve a second look, based on reactions from readers and Social Media, or because they are about a particularly important topic. Click on the image or title to get to the Safetip.

Job Hazard Analysis & Job Safety Analysis Review

There were three Safetips about Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) / Job Safety Analysis (JSA) in 2017. This Safetip highlights the need to review periodically a JHA/JSA to ensure that it stays current and continues to help reduce workplace incidents. A JHA/JSA should be reviewed if any of the following three conditions occurs:

  • After a specific time period, e.g. periodically every one or two years.
  • The job, a job step, or a process has changed.
  • An accident or near miss has occurred.

Corrective Actions That Address Root Causes

An incident investigation should only be considered complete if corrective actions are implemented that address the root causes of the incident. Corrective actions must improve a safety program and be supported by senior management. Corrective actions may be of limited value if they don’t address the root causes of incidents, and there are two types for root causes:

  • Specific corrective actions that address root causes directly.
  • General corrective actions that bring across‐the‐board improvements to the workplace safety environment.

Control Methods & Development of a PPE Program

The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is inevitable, but PPE is only one part of a comprehensive OSH program. PPE does not eliminate or reduce hazards, it just provides additional protection to lessen the risk of injury or illness. There are other methods to control hazards that are more effective than PPE in mitigating risks of injury and illness. In fact, PPE is the least effective hazard control method. For this reason, you should evaluate all other hazard control methods before considering PPE.

3 Different Categories of Leading Indicators

There were five Safetips about leading indicators in 2017. This Safetip is about taking into account the three categories of leading indicators:

  • Operations-based
  • Systems-based
  • Behavior-based

All three categories should be represented in the set of leading indicators selected and tracked by your organization, and ideally there should be a balance between the three. But because each organization is unique and there are differences between industries, what constitutes an ideal balance will vary. Nevertheless all three categories should be considered and well represented.

Review Risk Assessments Periodically

A risk assessment aims to protect workers by preventing incidents. It includes steps for:

  • Hazard identification
  • Risk analysis and evaluation
  • Risk control

Since people, processes and equipment change, hazards and risks can also change. Therefore, risk assessments should be reviewed periodically. A review should happen if any major change has occurred. Through a change management process, you can define rules where certain types of changes would automatically trigger a review of a risk assessment. You can also review systematically all risk assessments once a year.

The next Safetip will be published on Wednesday January 10, 2018. Until then, Happy Holidays!

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