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Job Hazard Analysis A Cornerstone of a Good OHS System

Jeffrey R. Sotek, PE, CSP, CIH

Course Outline

This training course is for engineers and safety professionals, but we encourage other professionals to use the information, as well as, to analyze their own jobs and recognize workplace hazards so they can evaluate and reduce risk.  This three hour course will prepare engineers with an overview of the job hazard analysis (JHA) process.   

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for engineers and EHS professionals.

Benefit to Attendees

This course will help attendees analyze their own jobs or client workplaces and recognize workplace hazards so they can evaluate and reduce risk.

Course Introduction

Safety is about prevention.  In order to prevent accidents from occurring, one needs to be able to identify hazards and evaluate their risk.  A job hazard analysis is a vehicle to accomplish this goal.  In OSHA’s 3071 document, a job hazard analysis is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur.   It focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment. The process will require the evaluator evaluate these hazards and to take steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable risk level.  Licensed professional engineers must be aware of the hazards on the workplace and ways to reduce these hazards.  This course is intended to provide the attendee with the knowledge and ability to conduct an effective job hazard analysis.  Through this online course, licensed engineers and EHS professionals can learn about hazard identification, risk evaluation and reduction, the job hazard analysis process and improving overall worker safety.

Course Content

This course content with provide the attendee with methodologies and knowledge to conduct a job hazard analysis.  In this lesson, you will be directed to:

Microsoft PowerPoint presentation handout, titled Job Safety Analysis, The Cornerstone to a Good OHS Management System (27 pages, pdf file format)

USDOL Document #OSHA3071, Job Hazard Analysis, 2002 revised (46 pages, pdf file format)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Course Summary

Accidents can be preventable.  But an effective means to identify hazards, evaluate risk and implement corrective action strategies is required.  A job hazard analysis is that means and the cornerstone to any good occupational health and safety (OHS) management system.  Licensed professional engineers must be aware of the hazards of the workplace and ways to reduce these hazards.  To protect the workers, licensed professional engineers and EHS professionals must fully understand hazard identification and risk management techniques.  This course will prepare engineers to have the knowledge and capabilities to conduct a job hazard analysis and prevent accidents.

Related Links

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OSHA Oregon


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.