We can help prevent workplace injuries and illnesses by reviewing workplace operations, establishing proper job procedures, and ensuring that employees are trained properly. One of the best ways to determine and establish proper work procedures is to conduct a job safety analysis (JSA). Supervisors can use the findings of a JSA to train employees and to eliminate and prevent hazards in their workplaces.
Performing a Job Safety Analysis :
We use our experience in the field to conduct a thorough job safety analysis—one that will result in a comprehensive report and a list of action items if needed. This process includes:
• Review job descriptions and accident history
• Interview employees to identify the most hazardous job tasks.
• List and prioritize job tasks for the JSA process
• Document the steps required to perform a specific task
• Identify the current and potential hazards related to each step
• Describe actions that reduce or eliminate the risks of injury or illness arising from the identified hazards. Such actions may include changing work processes, modifying equipment, installing machinery guards, modifying the work environment or requiring the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)