When carrying out a specific construction duty, a job safety analysis (JSA) should be completed to ensure the highest regard is given to safety.
A JSA forces an individual to keep safety at the forefront of their mind. The first step is to think about each step involved in completing the specific task at hand. While doing a mental run-through of the task, consider the possible hazards that may occur. Once all possible hazards have been identified, recommend actions or procedures to take to avoid or eliminate those risks. By taking the time to consider all possible hazards and their solutions, everyone involved will know how to complete the task the safest way possible.
If a JSA is not available, it is simple to create. A JSA should include:
• Steps to complete the task; hazards associated with each step
• Tools/materials needed for the task; hazards the tools/materials may cause
• Individuals involved in each step
• Safety equipment needed to complete the task safely
• Strategies to reduce any hazards
• Steps individuals will take to complete the task safely
Developing a JSA will only take a small amount of time to create, but will save countless lost man hours due to injury.