This week  I was fortunate enough to sit in a two day hands-on workshop regarding RISK ASSESSMENT – I am glad that I had this opportunity.   We are always looking at ways to take our safety program up to the next level.   This session provided practical tools for us to implement and make our safety program better.

When you perform a RISK ASSESSMENT of any job or task,  you identify a multitude of potential hazards.   You mitigate the risk by controlling these hazards through administrative controls, engineering controls, or a combination of the two.   The main item that stood out for me was how much we rely on administrative controls.     When performing the RISK ASSESSMENT and looking at mitigating controls, the administrative controls provide some mitigation but engineering controls are always a better solution for protection.

The process that we learned in this workshop was to score a job or task.  The score was comprised of a severity factor (1 through 5) multiplied by a frequency factor (1 through 5) to come up with the RISK ASSESSMENT score for that particular task.   The team would then brainstorm various administrative controls (job rotation, procedures, etc) and engineering controls (tool modification, barrier guard, etc) and re-score the job after implementing these controls.    On the surface it seems very simple – why haven’t we done this before?

We have never dissected a task solely to evaluate risk and assign a score.    We implement some controls, guards, etc but never really evaluate the risk.   This RISK ASSESSMENT tool gives us the opportunity to review all jobs and prioritize where we spend our resources so we make the largest impact on the operation.

I am a firm believer in RISK ASSESSMENT – what about you?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

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