Hi, Bryan McWhorter here with Safeopedia and a Safety Moment. We're doing a series on Safety Management System, Simplified. We are looking at that first component which is hazard identification and control.

Now let's go through the five real quick, just as a refresher, and then we'll tackle that first one.

We'll do a little bit of a deep dive into it.

Okay. Those five components that make up your safety management system. Again, our Hazard Identification and Control, Training, Inspections, Incident Investigations and then Documentation and Reporting. That's what makes up your system.

Okay. That first one, it makes sense. Your hazard identification and control is your foundation. Um, you'll often use a tool to start out called a HIRAs (Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment).

We actually have a safety moment on HIRA that you can look up here on Safeopedia. It doesn't matter if you're a restaurant construction site manufacturing, you're responsible for safety.

So that HIRA, that hazard identification, you want to surface all the kind of the alligators in the pond. You want to know all the potential hazards and make sure that there's a control measure in place to protect people. And this is going to uncover everything you need to do for even creating programs, uh, say, as part of your hazard, uh, identification, you discover that people are dealing with noise.

So now you need to put together a hearing conservation program. You know, if people are exposed to noise levels of 85 decibels or more over an eight hour time weighted average, they need to wear hearing protection. They need to be taught about hearing conservation and have annual hearing checkups. Uh, can't remember what audio well hearing tests and they deal with confined space and you've got to implement confined space training, uh, and confined space program.

Are they doing hot work? Are they dealing with equipment where you need lockout tag out?

This will identify all that for you. The types of PPE and the way you'll look at it, you'll look at it really from a few different perspectives lists, all the jobs that people are doing, what are the risks inherent with those jobs, the equipment that they're using, the tools and then the environment they're in.

And finally, is it a hot environment, cold environment, slippery, cluttered, you know, but those are the main three perspectives are going to look at again, the work being done, the tools and equipment they interact with and then their environment.

Once you've done that again, this is your foundation, like a living document you're going to use to create your safety programs. You know, that next step training that doesn't do you any good unless people are actually trained in this.

So everything is a progression that will line out for you in these short, uh, safety moments going over your safety management system. But that first step, again, check out, HIRAs, check out tools like job safety analysis. And again, your vendors might even have tools that help you with this. And we've got lots of great information on it for Safeopedia, but that first step. Again, Hazard Identification and Control

We can't protect people from things that we don't know about.

Till next time Bryan McWhorter with Safeopedia, stay safe.