Job Hazard Analysis Guide

JHA post 2 Job Hazard Analysis GuideRecently we published an extensive article titled What Is a Job Hazard Analysis?  And we followed that up with a companion piece that explains How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis. If you haven’t read those yet, but are interested, go right ahead. We’ll wait for you here.

We wanted to follow those popular articles up with with a free job hazard analysis guide and forms that you can use to guide you through your own JHAs at work. And here it is.

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How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis: 4 Essential Steps

JHA post 3 How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis: 4 Essential StepsNot that long ago, we wrote a blog post titled What Is a JHA? That post was such a big hit we’ve created this second post. It walks you though the steps of performing a JHA, and  even includes a free downloadable guide to performing JHAs at the bottom.

This guide for performing a JHA incorporates suggestions made in OSHA’s Job Hazard Analysis booklet (OSHA 3071, revised in 2002). We think you’ll find it useful when you perform JHAs at your worksite.

 How Can I Get Started With a JHA?

Before you begin the JHA for a specific job, do the following.

Get your employees involved.

Safety works best when management and employees are both involved. That’s true of the JHA process as well. Remember, it’s their job, and they probably know it better than you do. This will also help you get their buy-in for this process and for safety in general. Plus, two sets of eyes (or more) are always better than one.

Review your history of injuries, illnesses, near misses, and machine/tool damage.

Go over your written records of injuries, illnesses, near-misses, and incidents that have required machine/tool replacement or repair. Then, get feedback from your employees, asking if there are things that have occurred but are not in the records.  (Make it clear you’re trying to make work conditions safer, not punish anyone because something hasn’t been reported.)

Ask your employees which hazards exist in their work area.

Ask your employees if they’re aware of hazards in their work area. Write them down–you can use this list later when you’re performing the JHA.

Note: If a serious hazard comes to light at this point, stop what’s you’re doing and correct the problem before you continue with the JHA process. 

Create a list that prioritizes the jobs for which you’ll perform a JHA.

It’s great if you do a JHA for every job, but you should do JHAs for the jobs with the highest risks first. Take the information you’ve already gathered and prioritize the order  in which you’ll perform the JHAs.

With these steps down, you’re now ready to complete the formal JHA process, described below.


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Aerial Work Platform Safety Course Gets Reboot

Our aerial work platform safety course has been a perennial best-seller since its release in 2009. It was among the first courses we produced, and though it offered great information and provided effective training content, we decided that after 6 years, the popular course could benefit from an overhaul. Many of our courses get this treatment as they age, receiving new looks and updates to the original training content.

Today we present the new and improved Aerial Work Platform Safety course from Convergence Training. The first thing you’ll probably notice are the updated 3D models and high-resolution sets, but this was no mere facelift; 5 minutes of totally new content have been added to the course, and some existing sections have been updated to reflect current regulatory standards. We’ve also updated the built-in progress review quizzes and aligned all the content more closely with the clearly stated learning objectives. Check out a sample below:

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Convergence Mobile Wins Brandon Hall Award for “Best Advance in Performance Support Technology”

brandon hall award2 Convergence Mobile Wins Brandon Hall Award for Best Advance in Performance Support Technology

Convergence Mobile has won a silver medal for “Best Advance in Performance Support Technology” in Brandon Hall’s annual Excellence Awards. Our Convergence Mobile solution debuted in 2012 and has seen continued development of new features designed to arm employees with the knowledge they need to make smart operating decisions quickly.

Winning this award validates the hard work our team has put into developing a performance support solution that meets the needs of our industrial and manufacturing clients. All Excellence Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts. Brandon Hall senior analysts and executives evaluated the series based on innovation, value proposition, and measurable results.


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How to Develop Effective EHS Training: ANSI Z490.1 Section 4

SECTION 4 How to Develop Effective EHS Training: ANSI Z490.1 Section 4Let’s continue our series of articles about ANSI Z490.1, the national standard that lays out “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.”

In this post, we’ll look at Section 4 of the standard, which focuses on how to develop effective EHS training courses. Earlier posts in the series have looked at Effective EHS Training: An Overivew of ANSI Z490.1 and EHS Training Program Administration and Management: ANSI 490.1 Sections 1-3.

Section 4: How to Develop Effective EHS Training

Section 4 is a big one, and it covers the need for a systematic method for developing EHS training. That systematic method includes the following elements:

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Goal Analysis: How to Analyze Goals (So You Can Meet Them)

goal analysis post Goal Analysis: How to Analyze Goals (So You Can Meet Them) People like you and I have goals: “I want to be a good parent” or “I want to be healthier.” Businesses have goals: “We want to be an industry thought leader” or “We want to be cutting edge” or “we want to be lean.” And trainers have training goals for their employee learners: “I want them to be motivated” or “I want them to want to do their jobs well.”

Of course, the point of having goals is that we want to meet them. But it can be hard to meet a goal if you don’t really know what that goal means. Consider our examples above. How does a person know if she’s a good parent or healthier? How does a business know when it’s an industry thought leader, cutting edge, or lean? And how do trainers know if employees are motivated or want to do their jobs well? These goals are abstractions instead of being concrete.

In this post, we’ll show you a method that will help you develop goals that are clearly stated, concrete performances. The reason for doing that is that it makes it easy to tell you’ve reached the goal. And that’s the goal of goals, right?

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Use e-Learning for Standard, Consistent Training Messages

elearning blog post Use e Learning for Standard, Consistent Training MessagesWe’re fans of “blended learning” solutions that make use of different types of training activities. This might include written documents, instructor-led training, on-the-job training (OJT), and more.

The idea is to pick the type of training activity that best suits each training need. For example, maybe you really need the real-time, spontaneous feedback that instructor-led training can provide for one training need. Or, maybe the hands-on practice in the real work environment with an experienced co-worker fits the bill for another training need.

When you’re choosing the right activity type, one thing to think about is “Does this allow me to deliver the same, consistent training message every time?” Something we hear again and again from new customers is that they struggle to deliver the same standard, consistent training message on a given topic to each worker, every time they hear the message.

You can see why this is important. For example, you may have a set of policies that you want to make all new employees aware of during their onboarding. Or, maybe you want each employee in the Production department to perform a particular procedure in the exact same way. Or, maybe you want to make sure the message in your yearly refresher training matches the message employees learned the first time they were trained.

Need some e-learning courses for your workplace? Check out our e-learning course libraries and our learning management systems (LMSs).


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JHA or JSA? Does it Matter?

EHS today JHA or JSA? Does it Matter?We’ve got a new article over at EHS Today magazine. It discusses the job hazard analysis (JHA) and the job safety analysis (JSA). In particular, it asks if they’re the same thing or are different. Here’s the link if you want to read up on JHAs and JSAs.

Hope you find it interesting!  Feel free to comment there or here if you’ve got an opinion on this  barn-burner.

If you’re especially interested, check out our previous What is a JHA? article here at the Convergence Training blog and keep your eyes open for our upcoming JHA Guide Checklist.

Finally, many thanks to EHS Today editor Sandy Smith. Sandy runs a great magazine over there at EHS Today and we encourage you to check it out.

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Improve Troubleshooting Skills with Process Training

risk management2 Improve Troubleshooting Skills with Process TrainingWe work with lots of companies who are continually trying to improve the efficiency of their workers, machines, and work processes. This is critical to them because they need to create more product and spend less doing it. Overseas competition has made this need even more pressing, especially since labor costs are often significantly less for companies operating in other nations.

As a result, our customers want to help their workers because more knowledgeable, skilled, capable, and efficient. One customer in particular summed up what many different customers have told me when he said “I want to help my machine operators become machine engineers.” (If you’re out there, Steve, hello–hope you’re doing well.)

When he said he wants his employees to become “machine engineers,” one of the things he means is that he wants his employees to be able to recognize and troubleshoot production problems to keep machinery operating at peak efficiency. But how can a company help their employees improve their troubleshooting skills? One way is through process training.

Check out our off-the-shelf process training e-learning courses for pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated manufacturing, and look into our learning management systems (LMS) for delivering, assigning, tracking completion, and running reports on those process training e-learning courses.


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Cold Stress: Safety Resources for Working in Cold Weather

cold stress Cold Stress: Safety Resources for Working in Cold WeatherBaby, it’s cold outside. (I like that version, don’t you?)

Cold weather has arrived once again, and it’s a good idea to consider how well prepared you and your workforce are for the lower temperatures.

Dealing with the cold may seem like common knowledge that we’ve all got under our belts, but the fact is that every year people suffer from hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and other cold-related problems.

So, we’ve pulled together some helpful resources about cold stress, frostbite, working in the cold, and generally keeping safe in the cold. They’re drawn from various sources, including OSHA, the Department of Labor, AAA, National Public Radio, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and more. Hopefully you’ll find one or more of these helpful.

Stay safe and stay warm!

Need some help with your safety training solutions? Convergence Training has a series of learning management systems (LMSs) to help you import, create, assign, deliver, and track safety training of any type. And, as part of a “blended learning” solution for safety training, you might want to consider our e-learning safety training courses.


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