Of Duct Tape and JHAs

November 04, 2013

How to get employees to buy into safety and why every business needs a job hazard analysis were highlighted when members of the Safety Group presented by BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming and sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance gathered in October at the Budweiser Events Center.

“How to Make Your Safety Program Stick - No Duct Tape Required”
panelists included Bob Brown, chief operating officer, Dairy Specialists;
Laurel Deringer, safety and compliance manager, Centennial Ag Supply Inc.; Carrie Markley-Baumgart, chief operating officer, Markley Motors; and Brett Brown, field operations manager, Dohn Construction Inc. Moderator was Pat Hagge, vice president/risk management, Leavitt Group.

Panelists agreed that safety programs are essential for all workplaces – even office environments and outlined several ways to ensure your safety plan “sticks,” including:

  • Effective safety programs have owner and top management on board.

  • Create safety programs for different types of learners.

  • Keep safety top of mind on daily basis.

  • Make sure you have the right people on your safety committee.

  • Include some sort of testing as part of safety instruction (could be as simple as “show me you understand the training).

Panelists also recommended several resources for training, including BBB Safety Program and Pinnacol Assurance. Others include trade associations and OSHA.

Troy Bridges, safety consultant with Pinnacol Assurance, shared information about Job Hazard Analyses and why they’re imperative to ensure a safe workplace. A JHA includes four steps:

  • Work task

  • Hazard identification

  • Hazard mitigation

  • Emergency preparedness

Benefits of JHA go beyond safety, Bridges said, and often result in increased customer satisfaction, quality and efficiency. But, he cautioned, whenever a job description changes, so should the JHA.