Pre Task Plans (PTPs) are often overlooked and underestimated as essential tools for effective risk management on construction sites. By identifying potential hazards and outlining control measures, PTPs help prevent accidents and injuries and create a safer working environment.
PTP meetings are conducted between supervisors and crews of construction workers to identify any potential site risks before beginning daily construction site activities. They're an essential component of team huddle meetings that empower field teams with clear understanding of what their responsibilities are within the project and who their roles are within it.
Construction sites present many hazards that can change on an almost daily basis due to weather, traffic flow, equipment location or any number of other factors. Therefore, having an effective system in place that captures these hazards and ensures adequate safety controls are in place prior to beginning a job is vitally important - PTP's can help save both time and resources by streamlining JHAs, PPE evaluations or industrial hygiene evaluations to increase efficiency on site.
A well-written PTP should include several essential sections. Task Description: Outlines the job scope and requirements. Hazard Identification: Highlighting potential risks associated with the task such as any necessary safety equipment requirements and crew responsibilities. Risk Mitigation Plan: Outlining strategies and actions taken to minimize identified risks such as emergency procedures or training needs, Risk Mitigation Planning is undertaken, Risk Mitigation Plans include strategies and action taken against identified risks (risk mitigation planning is also an essential element). Finally, Sign Off includes signature sections where all involved parties can confirm agreement and ownership of their PTP document.