Compliance with OSHA rules about workplace safety requires employers to know exactly what potential hazards their hourly workers may be exposed to—at every stage of every task they perform. OSHA requires employers to identify hazards, prevent them if they can, and control them if they can’t.
A Job Safety Analysis (JSA) or Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) helps identify workplace hazards before they occur. But what does OSHA consider a workplace hazard, and what kinds of jobs are most hazardous under that definition?
In deciding whether to cite an employer for safety violations, OSHA uses a two-step process:
- What is the status of the employer in the case—Creating, Exposing, Correcting, or Controlling?
- Given the different responsibilities of each employer type in a multi-employer project, did the employer meet those responsibilities?
At some organizations, telling a group of employees that you’re about to talk about safety is like announcing the rest of the meeting will be in Swahili. You’d get that same reaction of people settling back into chairs, ready to stare off into space, and just wait for the end.