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Safety Specifics for Supervisor Training

July 20, 2000
Every day job-related injuries occur in the workplace which could have been prevented through proper training of supervisors and employees. Take the time to review potential hazards and involve supervisors and employees in suggesting specific prevention methods.

Your company will benefit -- not only in fewer injury claims, but in improved attendance, morale and productivity.

The Department of Labor has created a practical "Job Hazard Analysis Manual," complete with forms and regional resources, to assist employers in customizing their own Job Safety Checklists. Below are questions to consider in reviewing general conditions under which the job is performed:

  • Are there materials on the floor that could trip a worker?
  • Is lighting adequate?
  • Are there any live electrical hazards at the jobsite?
  • Are there any chemical, physical, biological or radiation hazards associated with the job or likely to develop?
  • Are tools -- including hand tools, machines, and equipment -- in need of repair?
  • Is there excessive noise in the work area, hindering worker communication or causing hearing loss?
  • Are job procedures known and are they followed or modified?
  • Are trucks or motorized vehicles properly equipped with brakes, overhead guards, backup signals, horns, steering gears and identification, as necessary?
  • Are all employees operating vehicles and equipment properly trained and authorized (new training regulations go into effect July 15, 2000 for forklifts and other industrial trucks)?
  • Are employees wearing proper personal protective equipment for the jobs they are performing?
  • Have any employees complained of headaches, breathing problems, dizziness, or strong odors?
  • Is ventilation adequate, especially in confined or enclosed spaces?
  • Have tests been made for oxygen deficiency and toxic fumes in confined spaces before entry?
  • Are work stations and tools designed to prevent back and wrist injuries?
  • Are employees trained in the event of a fire, explosion, or toxic gas release?

For a complete manual, see http://www.osha-slc.gov/publications/osha3071.pdf

SOURCE: Job Hazard Analysis, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Pub. 3071 1998 (Revised).