General Safety: Stay Protected, Plan for the Unexpected
How do you anticipate the “unexpected”?
“What-if” analysis is used during a Change in Conditions or a Site Hazard Analysis to consider what can happen when there’s deviation from normal procedures. Based on possible unplanned events, the need for safeguards is considered. In essence, a What-if helps us anticipate the unexpected.
Are we also anticipating the unexpected when planning and setting up a job?
For our jobs, and for certain non-routine tasks, we have an assessment tool in the JSA. The JSA considers:
- Physical hazards, such as pinch points and slips & trips;
- Walking/working surface hazards such as uneven surfaces; and
- Work area hazards such as floor openings and overhead hazards.
Preparing to do a job should include anticipating the unexpected. Some things we should be asking include…
- Does the crew know their muster point in case of an evacuation?
- Do they know the proper evacuation routes?
- Do they know the correct number to call in case of emergency?
- Is the correct PPE available at the location before it is needed?
- If fire protection equipment is required, is it available and ready to use?
- Has a competent safety watch been identified if needed for the job?
- Has the safety shower and eye wash been tested before work begins?
Consider what could go wrong and then make sure that you are ready if the unexpected does happen.