Workplace hazards cause workplace injuries. Creating a workplace free of recognized hazards is the responsibility of the employer, but it is also the responsibility of each safety professional, supervisor, full time employee, contractor, and temporary worker to recognize, and report hazards. However, just reporting the hazard is not good enough.
Anyone who recognizes a hazard should take action to control the hazard thereby mitigating the risk of injury. This means either fixing or guarding the hazard to mitigate the risk of injury.
As part of a successful safety management process, personnel should be provided a tool that can be accessed by safety personnel, supervisors, employees, contractors, or temporary workers so that hazards can be reported and the action taken to mitigate the risk be recorded.
Research has shown that to prevent workplace injuries hazards must be reported and action taken to mitigate the risk.
Several situations in which hazard reporting is done are:
- Facility inspections
- Worksite Assessments
- Job Hazard Analysis
- Job Briefings
- General Daily Activity
Any personnel who perform the previously mentioned duties must be provided a hazard reporting process that drives accountability by requiring the reporter (user) to perform a mitigation strategy and not just report then walk-off and leave the hazard so that someone can get hurt.
Using technology the reporting process should be a simple process that captures information without using paper. Paper reports can be hard to read if the reporter has poor penmanship. These reports stack up on the desk of the safety admin waiting to be put in the current internal safety management system creating a belief in the organization that reports are ignored due to slow or no feedback.
Additionally, many computerized reporting systems are only accessible to safety admins, company employees, and fails in making sure that a mitigation strategy is used at the point a hazard is recognized.
Carl Potter, Certified Safety Professional has been working for more than 3 – years to develop a tool for his clients. As a result of his work over the past two decades in the area of hazard recognition and control Carl realized that technology is available to solve the problem.
Potter and Associates International, Inc. is proud to offer the Hazard Reporting Tool (HRT) as a solution to fill the need. It is:
- Accessible with any smartphone
- Requires the user to mitigate risk and provide pictures
- User receives immediate feedback, and continued feedback as needed
- Information if distributed throughout the organization at the click of a button
- No more hard to read paper reports and stacked up reports
- Captures information in a data base for future review, education, and proof of action taken to OSHA
Your organization should begin using this tool with safety personnel, supervisors, site superintendents, contractor supervision, and eventually make it available to each employee.
To learn more about the tool please take the time to use the following links and review the following tutorial videos provided to users of this tool:
- Getting Started (Admin)
- Reporting Hazards
- Managing Users
- Managing Email Notifications
- Dealing with Reported Hazards
For some organizations such as Electric Utilities this will answer the OSHA Requirement for Transfer of Information for Contractors as a host employer.
This tool reflects the principles taught in our Hazard Recognition and Control Workshop. For more information about the workshop visit: www.hazardrecognitionworkshop.com. If you’d like more information about obtaining a subscription to the HRT or please email firstname.lastname@example.org