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OSHA: update 2010.

In September 2007 AMI joined with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in an official Alliance program to create a culture of safely on mushroom farms. The OSHA Alliance Committee is chaired by Eugene Richard, CAC Executive Director. Members from Chester and Berks County mushroom farms serve on the Committee and meet monthly at the AMI Avondale office to review and create safety programs that are applicable to mushroom farms.

In 2010 AMI signed on for another two-year Alliance agreement. Just as we created the Mushroom Good Agriculture Program, AMI will develop a Mushroom OS! IA Program with safety forms and information for all members. OSHA reviewed our Alliance and recently published an overview on the U.S. Department of Labor's Web site. The overview and site-specific programs are presented this month.

A Good First Step toward Having a Safe Farm

Job Safety Analysis (ISA) and Job Hazard Analysis (IIIA) are two terms for the same thing. You can use either term - I like using JSA because it contains the word "Safe." A JSA form is used for all jobs or tasks performed on the farm to assess any hazardous conditions in the workplace. It then becomes a guide to determine personal protective equipment for performing that task.

Why Create a JSA?

* The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OS 11 A) requires a JSA under personal protective equipment (PIM-) standard 1910.132(d)(1) and 1910.132(d)(2).

* It is the first step in creating a safety program.

* It is a great training tool.

* A JSA document can be referred to later for additional training or discipline.


There are many examples of ISA's on the Internet, however AMl/CAC's OS! IA Committee felt the one included here was clear and easy to use for everyone. It is only an example of what you can use on the farm. Every company needs to develop their ISA's to be specific to your farm and culture. Some positions and tasks have multiple hazards and others have none but all positions and tasks need a ISA.

When developing a JSA a company should ask these questions:

* Can my employees be injured by being exposed to something or by performing this task?

* How can I protect them from a recognized hazard?

* What parts of the body need protecting

Hiazards could include: Burns, cuts, slips, lifting, residues, falling objects, splash, falls, bumps, bruises, noise, abrasions, inhalation and flying particles.

When you develop a JSA for the farm, it becomes a significant part of the job description. Some of the jobs on a mushroom farm that need JSA's are: loader operator, turner operator, maintenance grower, water applicator, foreman, sweeper, pallet jack operator, board turner, welder and harvester.

The actual list, obviously, is much longer.

Filling out a JSA

1: What is the position or job title? (welder, water applicator, etc.)

2: Where does that job or task take place? (shop or whole farm)

3: Who performed the analysis for the JSA?

4: Date recorded or updated.

It is good to include your employees in the analysis as they may have ideas to make the job safer, or you may discover that they were not performing the job safely.

Once the JSA is filled out, signed by the employee and filed, it can be used again. A JSA should be used upon hiring, for continued training, for discipline and referred to after an accident or injury.

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JSA for XYZ Mushroom Farm
                  1. Cut      a. Head      A. Hard Hat
Job Title Water   2.          b. Face      B. Chemical
applicator        Abrasion                 goggles
                  3. Burn     c. Eye(s)    C. Safety
                  4. Fall     d. Ear(s)    D. Ear plugs
                  5. Falling  e.           E. Ear muffs
                  Object      Respiratory

Location of job   6. Noise                 F. Body harness
Duties                        system
                  7. Flying   f. Trunk     G. Gloves(list
                  particles                type)
                  8.          g. Arm(s)
Whole Farm        9. Bump     h. Hand(s)   H
                  10.         i.
                  Lifting     Finger(s)

Analysis done     11. Bruise  j. Leg(s)
                  12. Slip    k.
                  13. Splash  I. Toe(s)    I. Respirator
                  14.         m. Back      J. 1st Other
                  Residue                  Ladder
                  15. Other   n. Other     K. 2nd Other Long
                                           sleeved shirt
Date: 04/29/2010              o. Other     L. 3rd Other
                                           M. 4th Other
Activities/Tasks  Potential   Body         PPE Required
                  Hazards     Part(s)

Mixing Chemical   8, 13       b, c, e, g   B, G (rubber), 1

Apply water to    8, 12, 13   f, g, h, j,  G (rubber), H, K
bed                           k

Water top bed     4, 12, 13   a, f, g,     H,J, K
                              h, j, k

Carry water hose  10, 13, 14  m, g, h      G (rubber), K

Putting Chemical  14          h            G (rubber)

Chris Alonzo

OSHA Committee Pietro Industries Kennett Square, PA
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Title Annotation:OSHA alliance news
Author:Alonzo, Chris
Publication:Mushroom News
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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