Many companies don’t understand that OSHA has a requirement that “Hazard Assessments” are completed and documented for each and every “job task” at a company.

How do you do this?  Below we’ve outlined some general guidance on how to address this requirement.

Hazard assessments are intended to help determine the minimum level of personal protective equipment, or PPE, needed for a worker to safely complete the actions associated with their position. These assessments are carried out initially by identifying the recognized job-tasks (“Tasks” are the individual steps or functions that are required, in sequence, in order to complete a multi-step work process, or “job.”) and through the observation of the work while it is being performed. Additional forms of PPE may be required based on the worker’s surroundings, which is another reason why observations need to be carried out first.

We have provided three examples below of both job-tasks and the recommended PPE associated with the work that I pulled from OSHA’s website. These are slightly summarized versions of what our hazard assessments should look like upon completion.

Example 1: Welder. Based on an assessment of the work activity area hazards to which welders are exposed, the equipment listed below is the basic PPE required for this occupation. This does not take into account a job location in which additional PPE may be required, such as where the welder works from an elevated platform without guard rails. In this situation the welder must also wear the proper fall protection equipment, such as a body harness.  — Hard hat — Welding Shield (Face) — Welding Gloves — Safety Glasses — Safety Shoes — Welding Sleeves (welding in the overhead position)

Example 2: Painter. Based on an assessment of the workplace hazards to which shipyard painters are exposed, the equipment listed below is the basic PPE required for this occupation. Where painters are exposed to other hazards, such as a fall from an elevation where no guardrails are present, painters must be provided with the appropriate supplemental PPE.  — Hard Hats — Safety Glasses — Disposable Clothing — Gloves — Respiratory Protection, including Airline Respirators when working in Confined Spaces — Barrier Creams

Example 3: Chipper and Grinder Worker. Based on an assessment of the workplace hazards to which shipyard chipper and grinder workers are exposed, the equipment listed below is the basic PPE required for this occupation. Where workers are exposed to other hazards, such as hazardous dust from chipping or grinding operations, chipper and grinder workers must be provided with the appropriate supplemental PPE.  — Safety Glasses — Transparent Face Shields — Hearing Protection — Foot Protection — Gloves

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