3 Steps To Proper Hazard Identification and Safety

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One of the initial stages of any demolition job is to complete a job safety analysis, or JSA. It's alternatively referred to as a job hazard analysis, pretask analysis, task hazard analysis, and other names. A typical analysis will include the all-important step of identifying and field verifying potential hazards, which includes planning and preparing for those hazards. Here's what that process entails.
  • Identify hazards
To properly identify potentially hazardous materials on a demolition site, you'll need to visit the site and carefully inspect the area. Not all hazards can be identified from previous reports and building materials. You'll likely need both a soil sample and air monitoring to ensure there are no harmful or flammable materials that could cause problems during work. Look for non-standard materials like pipe residuals or liquids that could be flammable. It's at this time that you'll want to use proper procedures to eliminate these materials or start formulating a plan for removing them from the site.
  • Planning
The planning phase of hazard work includes completing any necessary permits. For example, if you'll be using cutting or welding equipment, you'll need a hot work permit. This phase also involves creating emergency plans. This will include escape routes, emergency contact numbers and specific personnel identified to take charge in emergency situations. You'll also begin putting a list of necessary safety equipment together to ensure that all personnel are properly equipped for their specific job on site.
  • Inspection
When you've finalized your list of necessary equipment, you'll need to inspect each piece of equipment. For safety equipment, you'll want to ensure that the equipment is properly in-tact and in working order and that employees know how to use it properly. For other work equipment, similar checks are needed. Ensuring that all needed equipment is in order before going to the job prevents delays and increases safety since malfunctioning equipment often leads to serious accidents.After completing these steps, you'll be prepared for a safer demolition project, but safety on a project requires more than just planning. During the work, attention to detail and adhering to the protocols put in place is important to keep all personnel safe.At Demolition Technologies, we promote a culture of safety and take pride in our safety record. We believe that high quality, efficient work goes hand in hand with proper safety in demolition. Contact us to learn more.