The F.E. Moran Safety Department believes that a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is one of the most powerful and useful tools in our safety arsenal. A JHA is designed as a day-to-day, play-by-play, safety plan in which daily tasks are broken down into small steps and assigned risk exposure values that are used to provide corrective actions. These JHAs are reviewed before the start of the project and daily when the work begins.
We took the stagnant JHA form/process that had been around since the 1970s and simplified, yet super-charged it. Now, the project schedule corresponds to a safety schedule, pictures are integrated with the safety plan for easy explanation, color-coding identifies specific high/low exposures, and quality control issues/concerns are described. As of 2019, all contractors and government divisions, including the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), have accepted this innovative JHA.
This process has improved safety and production efficiency. By blending these documents, we reduced the frequency of workers’ compensation and employee events, reduced the severity of claims, mitigated third-party losses, improved productivity and minimized general liability exposures through quality control implementation. Most importantly, we provide our field employees with a tool that is user-friendly yet conveys a sense of 21st Century innovation.