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Worksite Analysis

Worksite Analysis is one of the four elements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The worksite analysis element of VPP focuses on a comprehensive understanding of all hazardous situations to which employees are exposed and the ability to recognize and correct all hazards as they arise.

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In order to complete this element the following items must be considered when identifying and controlling hazards in the workplace:

  • Pre-use hazard analyses must be completed on all newly acquired or altered facilities, processes, materials, or equipment before use to identify and control hazards
  • Comprehensive safety and health surveys which identify both safety and health hazards and use nationally recognized sampling, testing, and analysis procedures
  • Routine examination and analysis of safety and health hazards associated with individual jobs or processes and uses the results in future training and hazard control programs
  • System for conducting routine self inspections that results in written findings that are tracked to completion
  • A system where employees can notify the appropriate personnel in writing about safety and health issues without the fear of reprisal
  • An accident investigation program that requires written reports of findings and hazard elimination or control tracking to completion. Investigations must seek out root causes of the accident. Near misses are to be included in this program
  • A trend analysis program that includes information identified through inspections, hazard reports, OSHA logs, employee reports, and accident/near miss investigations. The patterns/causes that are identified through trend analysis must be eliminated or controlled