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Best Practice: Job Briefings


BEST PRACTICE
SUBJECT: JOB BRIEFINGS
PRACTICE STATEMENT:

Provides a uniform methodology and outlines key components of job briefings.

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION:

Document job sequence, hazards to be encountered, and steps taken to control/eliminate hazards by doing the following:

  1. Define task.
  2. Identify roles & responsibilities.
  3. Identify hazards.
  4. Determine risk mitigation.
  5. Documentation shall include I&I to be used.
  6. Personal Protective Equipment to be used.
  7. Emergency response information.
  8. Number of briefings to be held.

All crew members shall participate in a documented job briefing. Job briefings are to be held at the start of the work shift, as work tasks or hazards differ from original briefing, and as additional personnel arrive at the job site. These job briefings shall include the components of a Hazard Analysis or use your company specific hazard analysis program associated with the work steps, hazards associated with the work step, and ways to eliminate or control the hazards. The job briefing form shall have a provision for each employee to sign to verify they have participated in the job briefing. Each ET&D Partnership company’s management shall establish a review process to ensure that the documented job briefing process is effective.

BENEFITS:
  • Provides for essential job safety planning guidelines and lists key elements.
  • Enhances compliance with OSHA regulatory requirements.
  • Incorporates use of a specific hazards identification process in the job planning process that will provide for enhanced controls for risks.
  • Proper pre-planning reduces the risk of injury.
  • The process and required documentation enhances inclusion and participation of job team members in the safety planning processes associated with the job.
REFERENCES:

National Electric Safety Code (NESC, ANSI C2 - Part 4)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

The ET&D Partnership maintains a Web site in support of this Partnership. For more information on Best Practices visit Powerlinesafety.org

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