Introducing Safetips – Use the Same JSA for Similar Job Steps

October 28, 2015
By Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

We’re happy to introduce a brand new feature on Enablon Insights. Welcome to “Safetips”! Every Wednesday, we will share with you a safety tip coming from an industry best practice, a specific company, a regulatory agency, an industry association, or from another source. By sharing a Safetip each week, we hope that you learn something new, contributing to foster a culture of Safety excellence in your organization.

Use and adapt the same Job Step Analysis for similar job steps

A Job Safety Analysis (JSA), also called a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), is a risk assessment tool used to identify, control and prevent workplace hazards. A JSA helps to reduce incidents, accidents and injuries by focusing on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. As OSHA says, a JSA focuses on the “relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment”.

A JSA is typically composed of the following steps for each job:

  • Breaking down the job into job steps.
  • Identifying potential hazards for each step.
  • Determining controls for each hazard.

Once a JSA is performed for a particular job step, the JSA process can be greatly improved by using and adapting, if required, the same JSA for similar job steps. This can save valuable time by streamlining the analysis and making it more efficient. For example, if you have multiple sites, and similar manufacturing and equipment maintenance processes throughout facilities, take a JSA already performed on a specific job step in one factory, and use it for another similar job step in another factory, without performing a brand new JSA. However, be sure that the job steps are either identical or very similar. In addition, add any additional hazards that may apply, if there are slight differences between job steps.

Additional Resources

If you want to learn more about JSA/JHA, we encourage you to read the report JHA + Incident Management + Continuous Improvement = A Safety Culture.

In addition, here are other links where you can learn more about Job Safety Analysis:

We hope that you found this very first Safetip interesting. See you next week!