Many job-related injuries in the cold chain industry occur because employees are not trained in proper job procedures. One way to prevent these injuries is to conduct a job safety analysis, which is an effective tool for eliminating or minimizing workplace hazards.
The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) Safety Committee recently developed the Job Safety Analysis Guide to help warehouse managers plan their own job safety analyses.
The guide includes a job safety analysis template that can be used to conduct a job safety analysis and customized to meet a company’s needs.
IARW Safety Committee Chairman Ken Hudson, director of environmental health and safety–Western Division for Lineage Logistics, believes companies can help prevent injuries by looking at operations and establishing proper job procedures ensuring that all employees are trained properly.
“Performing a job safety analysis allows warehouse facilities to evaluate each job task to identify inherent hazards associated with the job tasks our employees are performing in an effort to eliminate or reduce the risk of injuries,” he said. “Companies that have remained faithful and disciplined to employee safety and have integrated safety as equals into all of their processes enjoy the many benefits of a total safety culture workplace.”
Workplace hazards that can be eliminated or lessened with proper job safety analysis include slip and falls, accidents caused from forklift operations, cold environment, rack storage, and manual material handling.
For more information or to download the Job Safety Analysis Guide, click here.