A job safety analysis (JSA) is a process that allows us to effectively break down a job into specific steps to identify potential hazards and to recommend the safest way to complete the job, this is done by observing a worker actually perform the job and having a group of experienced workers and supervisors complete the analysis through discussion.
What are the JSA steps?
- Identify a single job to be analyzed.
- Breakdown the task into individual steps.
- Identify the hazard(s) associated with each task.
- Identify methods to eliminate and/or control the hazard(s).
- Sign and date the JSA.
How can I ensure that the JSA process is a success?
- Keep the process simple and try not to overthink it.
- ALWAYS include your workers and supervisors in the process. They will appreciate being part of the process and it will give everyone a sense of ownership.
- Follow up if/when controls are implemented to ensure that they have effectively eliminated/reduced the identified hazard(s).
- Reach out to your MEMIC loss control representative for assistance in getting the process started.
What are the benefits of a JSA program?
- Identifying potential hazards and controls for specific jobs greatly reduces the likelihood of injury!
- The process of conducting a JSA gets people thinking a little bit differently about the jobs they perform and all of the potential hazards that may have been overlooked.
- Completed JSAs are a great resource for new employee safety training (orientation) as well as frequent refresher training.
- JSAs can help improve efficiency by identifying and eliminating non-value added steps.
What does a completed JSA look like?
- For this example, we will only list one hazard for each task. Please note that it is common for each task to have more than one potential hazard.