What is a Field Level Hazard Assessment?
A field level hazard assessment (FLHA) is used by construction workers to control hazards as soon as they are identified in designated work areas. It empowers frontline workers to minimize health and safety risks at the onset through the
“stop and think” process. FLHAs help develop the habit of task-hazard-control association and prevent deadly accidents such as the fatal four.
This article features: (1) how to perform a field level hazard assessment; (2) 4 crucial situations often missed in a field level hazard assessment; (3) mobile app for effective FLHAs; and (4) digital FLHA templates you can download, customize, and use.
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How to Perform a Field Level Hazard Assessment
A field level hazard assessment should be performed at the beginning of each shift and during task execution. The FLHA process can be expressed in the diagram below:
Look around & identify hazards
Before commencing tasks, a construction worker should be aware of the people, equipment and materials present in the work area. Stop and think, “What might cause an incident?” Take note of anything that could potentially harm people or damage
Example: electrical hazard - loose and uncovered extension cords
Upon hazard identification, a construction worker can already apply control measures to reduce health and safety risks. Stop and think, “What can I do to prevent it?” Working through a hierarchy of controls can be an effective method in determining how to control hazards.
Example: physically removed the hazard - organized and secured extension cords to the floor
Once the hazards are controlled, the construction worker can begin accomplishing tasks. A field level hazard assessment is a continuous process that prompts frontline workers to stop and think, especially during task execution.
4 Crucial FLHA Situations
In a job site, even the slightest changes in work plans should be updated in real-time because unexpected situations may arise when overlooked. While carrying out tasks, construction workers should stop, think, then update the FLHA when:
- There are significant changes in tasks (e.g. sudden change of work plans, unexpected characteristics of a task such as new configuration of equipment, etc.)
- New tasks are given during the shift
- New workers come on site
- Job site conditions change (e.g. weather, availability of materials, etc.)
What is iAuditor and how can I use it for Field Level Hazard Assessments?
Construction workers and managers can take advantage of mobile technology such as iAuditor to streamline field level hazard assessments. iAuditor is the world’s #1 inspection software and can be utilized by construction workers to:
- ✔ Perform effective field level hazard assessments on a mobile device
- ✔ Capture and store photos of work area hazards for review and feedback
- ✔ Add and update unlimited hazards and controls in real-time
- ✔ Automatically share ongoing and completed FLHAs with team manager and co-workers