Have you done LMRA?
Your safety at work.
In accordance with the provisions of the Dutch Law on the conditions of the work environment, the employer is the first responsible in the work process. This is because he creates the conditions under which the employee performs his duties. The Dutch law and additional regulations, eg SCC (VCA), impose on the employer a lot of formal activities that are to improve the conditions and safety of work. They consist of various analyzes of working conditions and training to which employers in the Netherlands are obliged.
In the article below, we will look at what obligations according to law are imposed on the employer and how an employee can contribute to improving their safety.
Training before starting work
Regardless of the type of work, each employee must undergo general training (general instructions), workplace instructions (once in a new position) and become familiar with the occupational risk assessment, which indicates the level of risk and characteristic hazards for a given profession. In the above analysis, we will also find information on protection measures that guarantee an acceptable level of risk.
Let’s also remember about periodic training, the frequency of which depends on the level of risk of work.
Work particularly dangerous
Special attention should be paid to particularly dangerous work. Dangerous works include, among others: work at heights, in enclosed spaces, “hot work” or work with an open fire. The given examples are just a drop in the sea of possible dangerous work, which is why it is so important to properly plan the work plan, work instructions and training of employees.
A task security analysis (TRA: T-task, R-risk, A-analise) was prepared especially for dangerous tasks. It involves identifying threats and determining the necessary protection measures. TRA is performed before any dangerous task and is important because it focuses on a specific, currently performed task. Contractors present and discuss the results of the analysis of safe execution of the task (the analysis is made by specialists for work safety and passed on to employees).
These are short briefings about 10-15 minutes (working meetings) organized according to the need (daily, weekly or monthly). As a rule, short talks on health and safety issues, so that attention is paid to current work, but also in the case of organizational changes, working methods, protection measures etc. Instructional meetings as well as TRA are required by the SCC (VCA) standard.
Have you done LMRA?
LMRA (L-last, M-minute, R-risk, A-analysis) or analysis of the last moment of risk is the inclusion of employees in the system of checking working conditions. In practice, this means a practical, hands-on checking of working conditions before taking it. The LMRA analysis is discussed in detail during VCA training.
The most important points:
– LMRA is a short analysis that you do in your head (you ask yourself: what threats do I encounter? How can I avoid them? What do I need to work safely? Do I have the necessary tools and means of protection?)
As an employee, you must consider:
– the current task to be performed
– possible threats
– tools, means of protection
LMRA example: before you start working with a hammer drill, you check if the cable is damaged.
Warning! LMRA is performed for all types of work (not only for work at increased risk).
It is important to be also responsible and to look after the work environment. Remember that as an employee he is co-responsible for safety at work. It is good to use good practices for your own and your own safety.
LMRA should become a standard activity carried out each time before the concept of work.