If you work in a high-risk area; you may have come to learn to live with the idea that you can get injured at any time. While this does not go away, there are things we can do to keep it from happening all the time, and our work not to stop. There are of course cases where we must accept the risk. But it is important to know up to what point are these risks acceptable.
Risk comes about when its frequency, probability of happening, and the severity of its effects is calculated. Acceptance of risk has to start at the top level of an organization, and then it flows down. They are responsible for making sure these risks are not too much. They are in charge of the tools that will help make sure these risks are not freely occurring. They have for maintaining a job safety analysis tool.
Since they are directly affected, those on the ground need to do their best to keep these risks minimal. As a project is being developed, there is a need to communicate to all those who shall participate in it of their appointment. They also need to be aware of all dangers they might face, and how best they are to be prepared for them.
Those on the ground also tend to see most of the risks, even if they do not report them. This information needs to be captured, to develop ways of minimizing it. There needs to be a clear understanding of what the acceptable levels of risk are, and what are not. This will be possible after those in charge of such teams grasp the full picture of the work environment, and the health and safety dangers that lurk therein.
People perceive risk differently. What may seem unacceptable to one person may not disturb another. This goes to complicate the reporting of risk further. This JSA tool is there to make the collection of all relevant information much easier. It will also make it easier for people to see the risks and controls on the ground.
This tool is used to reduce the level of risk to its lowest point. Through this tool, all those who are part of the job force shall interact and have the same understanding of the job at hand, the procedures involved, and the hazards likely to be faced as the job goes on. It needs to be implemented in full if its benefits are to be realized. Only then will they share quality and relevant information. They will only do so when they know their opinions shall be valued.