Risk Management and Safety Planning

Risk Management and Safety Planning

October 13, 2020

These days, the idea of risk management and safety planning are not only regulatory concerns, but are key parts of running a job and keeping it running during COVID.  The ability to control for staff injury, proactively plan for distribution and manage accident risk are all ways to avoid exposure on a site and keep a job in progress when everything seems to be conspiring to slow things down.

OSHA has issued guidance for the construction workforce during COVID in order to minimize the risk of propagating the virus.  Allowing workers to stay home when ill and wear masks on the construction site, promoting personal hygiene and limiting the number of participants at in-person meetings are consistent with guidance for other industries and work environments.  Unique circumstances on construction jobs sites necessitate additional guidance, though, including recommendations around limiting the sharing of tools and, where that is not possible, properly cleaning shared tools.  Employers are encouraged to conduct safety briefings and toolbox talks to communicate hygiene expectations and proper safety protocols to employees.  On job sites, there may also be the need to create alternative hand-wash sites, by providing large buckets, hand sanitizer, or multiple hand-wash stations to accommodate social distancing.

Brennan Jacobs is experienced in site analysis for risks in equipment, distribution of equipment and site management techniques.  The combination of process and technology comes together to make a site efficient, effective and safe, and Brennan Jacobs inspectors provide annual compliance inspections which are based on OSHA regulations.  Not only ensuring that your equipment is safe, but also documenting your operator qualifications and equipment certifications and your risk management program during COVID, can help with your compliance management and also offer you and your clients peace of mind that your staff and projects are as protected as possible in this risk-intensive environment.