There is always a risk of an injury whenever there is any construction work going on, and in some of our other workplaces. While this does not go away, there are things we can do to keep it from happening all the time, and our work not to stop. There are of course cases where we must accept the risk. This raises the question of the amount of risk that can be deemed acceptable by those who will have to do the work.
Risk is measured through its frequency, the probability of it occurring, and how severe an injury it shall cause. For a risk to be accepted, the management level of an organization have to be on board. They are responsible for making sure these risks are not too much. They have access to certain tools that help understand risk and keep it at acceptable levels. They have for maintaining a job safety analysis tool.
On the ground, those doing the job need to do what they can to keep the risk minimal. When a project is underway, those who will be involved need to have been told of their participation. They also need to be aware of all dangers they might face, and how best they are to be prepared for them.
Those on the ground also tend to see most of the risks, even if they do not report them. This information needs to be captured if ways of minimizing them are to be known. There needs to be a clear understanding of what the acceptable levels of risk are, and what are not. Those at the supervisory level need to first understand every detail of the work environment, as well as the health and safety hazards therein, if they are to be helpful in the process.
There are no two people who can look at risks the same way. What may seem unacceptable to one person may not disturb another. This is part of why reporting risk is not that easy. This JSA tool is there to make the collection of all relevant information much easier. This also makes it easy for those working here to know of the risk and control in place while working.
This tool is used to reduce the level of risk to its lowest point. In it, all those who are part of the team need to interact and have the same understanding of the job at hand, the procedures involved, and the hazards likely to be faced as the job goes on. To see its full effects, all those how are part of it need to be on board. Only then will they share quality and relevant information. They also need to know that what they share shall be taken with the gravity it deserves.