April 6, 2017 – Similar to routine tasks performed by your organization, the methods and responsibilities for informing employees of the hazards associated with infrequent or non-routine tasks should be covered in your health and safety program. This is considered to be best industry practice.
Non-Routine Tasks Require Training
If employees are required to perform a hazardous non-routine task, special Hazard Communication/Right-to-Know training should be provided prior to the task beginning. The training should be provided by the safety program coordinator, director, or someone knowledgeable about the safety risks associated with the task. Performed effectively, it will inform employees of the hazards involved with the work/process and establish proper protective measures.
The process used can be similar to developing a job safety analysis which defines the task steps, possible hazards, and appropriate controls, complemented with proper training.
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This blog post is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. Content provided by our professional consulting partners at Integrated Loss Control, Inc.