Pre-task Planning and Worker Mentoring
- Pre-task planning and risk assessment is a basic work requirement for every employee in every work setting – whether in the field, at the office, or while in transit between work locations.
- Ask yourself “What could go wrong?” before starting each major new task, then identify ways to eliminate or reduce the risk as much as possible before continuing. Do not take chances!
- If the risk cannot be eliminated or reduced substantially – STOP. Find another way to do the task or seek counsel from a Supervisor.
- Employees who are new to the Company, or new to a particular task, must be assigned an experienced co-worker to mentor them until they are proficient to safely work on their own.
Building the AHA
Developing AHAs is accomplished through four (4) key pre-planning steps:
- Outlining the principle sequence of steps of the activity to be performed
- Identifying the specific hazards associated with each step
- Development of control measures to eliminate or reduce each hazard to the greatest extent practicable
- Determining the level and severity of any residual risk that may still be present even after implementing the control measures. This is known as the residual Risk Assessment Code (RAC)
AHAs are intended to be developed in the field with the involved crew members in advance of performing each major activity. Completed AHAs are retained on each jobsite, reviewed periodically, and updated as the project evolves.