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									Field Level Hazard Assessment
  A Workflow for Field Level Hazard
            Assessment
       contains elements of risk
Any work environment contains elements of risk.
The dominant risk factor cannot even be
avoided as humans can create the greatest risk
of all. We all make mistakes. That said, the other
risk factors can be addressed and mitigated with
the application of a proper risk management
process .
                     FLHA
• The effective running of any business or
  activity demands supervision. Making sure
  that the physical work space is as safe as
  possible requires what is known as a field level
  hazard assessment. This is a safety process
  which contains a few basic steps to be done in
  order which, when applied will measurably
  increase workplace safety.
     Once a hazard is identified
Once a hazard is identified, the first step is to assess the hazard. The
immediate concerns and the highest level of threats should be addressed
first, but that is not all assessment means in this context. The entire group
must participate and bring to the meeting their ideas of what are
hazardous and what to do about them, their knowledge brought to the
team is the most effective way to protect all against injury and loss .

Once the site has been assessed for the hazards, the next step is to
control these. There are several ways to mitigate hazards, there is
elimination of the problem entirely, there are engineering controls which
are put in place as part of the design of the project, there are
administrative controls, practices and procedures for the best and safest
way to so the job, the last line of defense is personal protective
equipment.
       The key to the statement
• Develop a practical and common risk assessment
  process which enables Workers to recognize,
  assess and control risks to people, property,
  materials and the environment. Practical: a
  process that is available, feasible and useful in
  everyday application by workers in the field
• Common: a process that is applicable to any
  worker and is used on a regular basis
• Worker: a person engaged in any occupation
• Enable: to supply workers with the means to be
  able to do
Build the Foundation of Safety
The Difference is Clear
Some events need not happen
Think about the Hazard Chain
A simple 5 Step Process
  HSE’s FLRA in three easy steps.
• Step 1 – Indicate the Task.

            Step 2 – Identify the Hazard
                   Step 3 – Plan your Hazard Controls
               but not limited to
The Field Level Risk Assessment (FLRA) is documented to
identify additional hazards or controls that may be required to
protect all worker at the worksite and may include the use of
other forms or checklists such as (but not limited to):
•Field Level Risk Assessment cards
•Cold or Hot Work Permits
•Confined Space Entry permit
•Ground Disturbance Checklists
•Work at Heights Checklists
•Critical Lift Checklists
•Mobile Lift Equipment Checklists
        5 ways to reduce the hazard
•   Don’t Do It - if the job can not be done safety, don’t do it. NO job is EVER
    worth injuring or killing yourself.
•   Elimination or Substitution - remove the hazard from the workplace.
    Nasty chemical? Use safer one that can do the job.
•   Engineering Controls – this includes making changes to the design of the
    equipment or the processes that you use.
•   Administrative Controls – this is making changes in the way the work is
    done, filling out an FLRA is an administrative control as it requires the
    worker changes how they do things – to stop and think before moving
    ahead to begin the task – which in turn helps reduce the hazard potential.
•   Personal Protective Equipment – it is last for a reason. PPE is the absolute,
    no questions asked, the lest effective way to prevent workers from
    coming in contact with energy sources that can hurt them. PPE,
    dependent on the type of work, can range from rubber gloves to safety
    glasses to fire retardant clothing to full face SCBA (self contain breathing
    apparatus – its what firefighters us when they go into a smokey building).
          Build the Safety Bridge
Each Control you put down may not completely
remove the hazard but each will play its part in
reducing it overall potential the hazard has of
making contact with person, property, process or
the environment. As you can see for a single task
you could end up with multiple hazards and for
each hazard you can have multiple controls. In the
nerdy statistical world, this is called a non-
overlapped exponential pyramid. I call it lots of
things to think about!
                Sign Off On It
Once the hazard has been controlled to the
appropriate standards, the next step in the
workflow is to carry out the work, but there should
be regular reviews of the work and hazards
throughout the day to ensure that the risks are still
being controlled . It is important that this step is
understood as a part of the process and ensures
continuous hazard assessment and control. Once
you review the hazards, have everyone involved,
sign off on it again.

								
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