Hazard Assessments

You can’t control what you don’t know. Hazard assessments are key to making sure your workplace is safe and your employees are protected against workplace injuries or occupational illness. While you may have the tools to determine if work production is going smoothly, you may not have the tools – the knowledge and experience in workplace hazard assessment – to determine if work production is going safely.

Hazard assessments can include exposure monitoring / industrial hygiene sampling for air contaminants.Anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace hazards is a critical part of the work CHESS safety and health experts can do for you. To comply with OSHA rules, employers need to know what OSHA standards apply. To apply OSHA standards and other environmental, safety, and occupational health requirements accurately, employers need to know why those exist, and how they must be interpreted in your specific workplace.

A hazard assessment may take the form of a job safety analysis or job hazard analysis, where CHESS workplace safety professionals analyze each part of a worker’s tasks, evaluating what safety controls and what personal protective equipment is needed. It could be an ergonomic evaluation of a work station, looking at the risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and suggesting ergonomic improvements. It could be an industrial hygiene exposure monitoring plan to assess air quality in the work place. The type of hazard assessment CHESS does depends on what you want and need.

Hazard assessments done by CHESS safety and health professionals can cover:

  • Confined spaces: Identifying confined spaces. Determining which confined spaces are permit-required confined spaces. Developing confined space permits and entry procedures.
  • Employee exposure assessments: Industrial hygiene monitoring for chemical hazards. Evaluation of air quality in workplaces.
  • Ergonomics: Ergonomic evaluations of work stations. Design of work stations (manufacturing, assembly, office) and work activities (lifting, positioning, how processes are completed) to improve employee comfort and productivity and to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. CHESS’s ergonomic specialists, with advanced training and years of experience in job modifications, can help you develop and train ergonomic committees to conduct your own ergonomic assessments.
  • Personal protective equipment: Written hazard assessments, evaluating what personal protective equipment is required for different tasks. Specific recommendations for glove selection, to ensure suitable chemical resistant gloves are used.
  • Job hazard analysis / job safety analysis: JHAs or JSAs, providing step by step evaluations of the potential hazards, preventive measures or control measures, and personal protective equipment for specific tasks. CHESS safety professionals can conduct the job hazard analysis or train your safety committee members or supervisors to perform them.
  • Lockout (LOTO): Lockout/tagout procedures and lockout/tagout programs to control hazardous energy sources, required when servicing equipment. CHESS safety professionals have developed lockout/tagout procedures for equipment ranging from automated production line machines to heating and cooling (HVAC) equipment to vehicles.
  • Machine guarding evaluations: Evaluation of machine hazards for adequacy of machine guarding at point of operation, power transmission apparatus, other moving parts, and other hazards such as heat or high voltage. Advise on appropriate selection of machine guards.
  • Noise: Sound level monitoring, noise dosimetry, and noise exposure evaluations, to determine need for noise controls, and appropriate hearing protection. Written hearing conservation programs, as required by OSHA’s occupational noise exposure standard. Evaluation of need for routine audiometric examinations.
  • Respiratory Protection: Specific recommendations for respirator selection. Evaluation of chemical contaminants in the workplace, to determine the need for respiratory protection and the assigned protection factor required. Respirator cartridge change-out schedules. Written respiratory protection programs, as required by OSHA’s respiratory protection standard. Assistance with setting up medical evaluations for respirator users.

The CHESS team of occupational safety and industrial hygiene professionals serves clients in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and other areas.

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