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February 07, 2011
Oil and Gas Well Drilling: Job Hazard Analysis

Many companies within the oil and gas industry use the Job Safety Analysis Process also referred to as a Job Hazard Analysis, or JHA. The JHA is a very effective means of helping reduce incidents, accidents, and injuries in the workplace.

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It is an excellent tool to use during new employee orientations and training and can also be used to investigate accidents.

How To Set Up

To start the JHA Process, select the job or task to be performed. Any job that has hazards or potential hazards is a candidate for a JHA. An uncommon or seldom-performed job is also a candidate for a JHA.

Forms or worksheets may vary from company to company but the idea remains the same. Identify all steps, hazards, and safe work procedures before starting the job.

The JHA Process is a multi-step process:

Basic Job Steps:

Break the job into a sequence of steps. Each of the steps should accompany some major task. That task will consist of a series of movements. Look at each series of movements within that basic task.

Potential Hazards:

To complete a JHA effectively, you must identify the hazards or potential hazards associated with each step. Every possible source of energy must be identified. It is very important to look at the entire environment to determine every conceivable hazard that might exist. Hazards contribute to accidents and injuries.

Recommended Safe Job Procedures:

Using the Sequence of Basic Job Steps and Potential Hazards, decide what actions are necessary to eliminate, control, or minimize hazards that could lead to accidents, injuries, damage to the environment, or possible occupational illness. Each safe job procedure or action must correspond to the job steps and identified hazards.

Everyone involved in implementing a job or task should be present when the JHA is written! The JHA should be reviewed, approved, and signed by the supervisor before the task is started. Understanding every job step is very important! Whenever a job step changes or a new step is introduced, the JHA must be reviewed and updated.

The key reasons for completing a JHA are to encourage teamwork, to involve everyone performing the job in the process, and to elevate awareness!

For more information on Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing, see this OSHA guideline.

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