Job safety analysis:

A job safety analysis (JSA) is a procedure which helps integrate accepted safety and health principles and practices into a particular task or job operation. In a JSA, each basic step of the job is to identify potential hazards and to recommend the safest way to do the job.

Four basic stages in conducting a JSA are:

  • selecting the job to be analyzed
  • breaking the job down into a sequence of steps
  • identifying potential hazards
  • determining preventive measures to overcome these hazards

Swiesh’s  Job Safety Analysis (JSA) software allows you to easily assess risk levels, communicate hazards and controls and prioritize risk reduction efforts across your organization.

A JSA is just one of many ways you can control occupational hazards. The JSA process is designed to identify potential workplace safety hazards, and provides employees with recommendations on how to reduce and eliminate these risks. It’s a good habit to perform JSA before you begin working on a task, especially when heavy machinery is involved.

When you’re working on the field, always remember to apply best practices and job safety analysis (JSA) to ensure a safe workplace. Swiesh’s into the JSA process, and how it helps manage occupational incidents.

Identify hazards and appropriate controls

Identify the hazards present in individual job tasks, especially in non-routine jobs or non-routine environments. Record the necessary controls, such as procedures and PPE.

Assess risk and prioritize efforts to reduce risk

Empower management to respond to the most significant operational risks by using standard methodology and ranking criteria to assess risk associated with individual job tasks across the organization.

Communicate hazards and appropriate controls

Promote awareness of hazards associated with routine and non-routine job tasks and environments, ensuring that contractors and employees are always informed of the risks.

Evaluate your response to hazards

Analyze the results of risk assessments over time to determine the effectiveness of your response to the hazards identified in your job safety analysis. Use integrated action tracking to assign corrective measures and track their completion.

Allow for enterprise visibility into operational risk

Achieve greater visibility into your organization’s safety performance by consolidating information on risks associated with job tasks in a centralized web-based system.

Exceed or comply with relevant regulations

Streamline your compliance with the regulations or standards relevant to your location and industry, such as OSHA PSM standards or those that require a Workplace Risk Assessment and Control (WRAC).

What is Job Safety Analysis (JSA)? JSAs are used to describe how to perform a task step-by-step, any hazards associated with a task, and controls to mitigate these hazards. JSAs can be used to educate employees on safe practices prior to utilizing equipment.

When should a JSA be created? JSAs should be developed for all equipment and specific operations that present safety hazards and/or concerns. Employees shall be trained on and have a good understanding of the instructions and hazards listed in the JSA prior to engaging in such work practices.

Who is responsible for creating JSAs? Although Supervisors and Safety Professionals generally develop the JSAs, the forms shall be reviewed by workers performing the job for feedback and suggestions. Often times, employees who routinely utilize equipment and/or perform specific job tasks are better able to identify certain hazards associated with the work, so it is critical that those individuals be involved in the JSA development process.

What is an SOP? A standard operating procedure (SOP) is a written document or instruction detailing all steps and activities of a process. The SOP should provide safety, health, and environmental information to perform the process safely. View the SOP FACT SHEET for more information on the requirements.

Where Can I Find SOP Templates? See the SOP for customizable templates of common chemicals and chemical groups.

The following Job Safety Analysis (JSA) templates are available for download in Microsoft Word. These useful documents should be customized to specific equipment/operations and used for employee safety training: