Job Hazard Assessment (JHA)

A JHA (Job Hazard Assessment) is a dry run of a task to be performed.  It is a tool to help analyze the hazards associated with each step of a project so that the proper controls are implemented to eliminate or reduce any hazardous consequences.  This may also be used as a training mechanism or a way for students and employees to refresh their knowledge of equipment being used.

There are three parts to the JHA: task description/work steps, hazard identification, and hazard controls.  The task is broken down into steps.  Each step is analyzed for specific hazards like fire, electrical shock, slip/fall, burn, or mechanical failure.  Each hazard is analyzed to find ways to eliminate or reduce the hazard, which could be anything from wearing protective gear to working in a clean/dry workspace.  The lab supervisor or the environmental coordinator should approve these forms before submitting them.

Please email o365_safetycommittee_group@udmercy.edu to submit JHA forms or if you have any questions.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

 A SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) is another form of a JHA, but it is a broad overview of safety procedures for hazardous chemicals specifically.  SOPs have six sections that include:

  • Approval/ training requirements
  • Engineering controls
  • Chemical properties & hazards
  • Disposal/storage 
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Accidents/injuries

The lab supervisor or the environmental coordinator should approve these forms before submitting them.  All completed forms must be sent to the Science and Engineering Safety Committee for final approval and to be added to the website.

Please email o365_safetycommittee_group@udmercy.edu to submit SOP forms or if you have any questions.