How to Structure and Write a Job Hazard Analysis / Activity Hazard Analysis (JHA – AHA) in Accordance with OSHA 1926 – EM 385

How to Structure and Write a Job Hazard Analysis / Activity Hazard Analysis (JHA – AHA) in Accordance with OSHA 1926 – EM 385



VCU School of Business

  Product ID : JOME-0003

  Level : Intermediate

  Duration : 90 Minutes

John J. Meola is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and an Associate in Risk Management Degree (ARM). He has over 25 years of experience in construction, insurance, manufacturing, and risk management. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and has a BA in Education.

He is the Safety Director for Pillar Inc. based in Richmond VA and is a consultant with private clients in various industries. He is an OSHA Construction Safety Outreach Trainer and is the author of two safety handbooks. He is also a regular contributor to several construction trade publications and presents seminars to select audiences all over the United States.

Using a JHA to help organize your job and predict and eliminate incidents, errors, accidents, failures, poor quality outcomes, etc. has become an accepted norm in the construction business. Learning the key elements and steps, the vocabulary and definitions is an important step in the process; these will be covered in our Webinar.

The process can be a little confusing to the uninitiated. We will review the main elements of the JHA and describe how to compose the document in sufficient detail to reflect your technical and managerial acumen. When done correctly, writing a JHA is not a one-person exercise, no matter how good that person is. It typically involves several levels of talent in an organization, which we will talk about in this webinar.

The Webinar covers a lot of ground in an hour and a half, but you will learn valuable information on the methodology and concepts behind why this document is the gold-standard in the construction industry. These documents are increasingly being asked for in advance of a job of crew starting on any task or job or operation. They have become standard requirements in any type of US Government work, including all branches of military and support services, as well as other agencies of the USG. But the real driver of this document chain is the General Contractors, the Project owners, developers, and their lenders and the personal injury trial lawyers.

Most large insurance companies have regrettably sat on the sidelines during much of the debate and learning curve associated with the use of JHA’s.

Areas Covered

  • Understanding the goal of the JHA / AHA Process 
  • Acceptable minimum level of organization and writing ability to compose a JHA/AHA
  • When you need a Qualified Person and or a Competent Person; what’s the difference?
  • How to interpret the Risk Calculator and Matrices on the AHA form 
  • Understanding the USACE EM-385 protocols vs OSHA 
  • What are the requisite degrees of technical and trade knowledge to lend credibility to your document
  • Authorities, responsibilities, sign-offs, and approvals 
  • Common mistakes, failures, and errors causing the most rejections of your JHA
  • Where to find free and up to date source documents of relevant information
  • Resources and references that will add legitimacy to your findings

Course Level - Basic to Intermediate

Who Should Attend

  • Safety Directors; Safety Officers; Safety Managers
  • Personal Injury Attorneys, lawyers
  • Insurance Loss Control Managers; Claim Adjusters
  • Human Resource personnel
  • Field Superintendents
  • Working Foremen
  • Supervisors; Crew Leaders
  • Safety Committees
  • Business Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Project Managers
  • EHS Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • Military Safety Officers
  • NAVFAC Personnel – US Army Corp of Engineers
  • OSHA Personnel
  • Industrial Hygienists; Health Care; In-Service Trainers
  • Building Code Enforcement Officers
  • Safety Auditors, Inspectors, Technicians
  • Engineers in Training (EIT’s); Contract Auditors and Monitors;
  •  QA/QC Officers

Why Should You Attend

A large portion of JHA’s is rejected by the client on their first submission, usually attributable to several easily preventable errors. Our Webinar will cover these points in detail so you will be less prone to step on these landmines.

In addition to helping your operations team get it right on the first attempt, your client will likely be impressed with your knowledge and ability to spell out in detail how you plan to get the job done and not cause a headache from a preventable glitch or accident.

When done correctly, the JHA/AHA is a confidence-building document, that proves you know what you’re talking about and the client made the right choice in selecting you.

  • $200.00

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