Pre Task Safety Planning
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How a Task Pre-Plan Works
As the name implies, pre-task planning meetings are held immediately prior to performing a specific task.
Since tasks will vary in duration, it is possible for a team to have only one pre-task planning meeting on one day but to have four or five such meetings on another day.
The team discusses the work to be performed and the hazards that are likely to be encountered.
The team then modifies the work plan to try to eliminate hazards or means are discussed by which the hazards can be avoided, possibly through guards or the use of personal protective equipment.
What Pre-Plans Do For Us
– Research results have shown that work employing pre-task planning throughout the project process have better safety performances.
– This method, more than perhaps any other approach, brings the team into the decision-making process that directly impacts their own safety performances.
– The involvement of all employees can have a dramatic impact on decreasing injury rates.
What You Can Do
At shift start or before your team begins a task, take the time to hold a Pre-Task Planning session. This can not only keep your team safe, but can improve their performance and the outcome of the task.
A sample Pre-Task Planning Form is shown below: