Today, many companies within the oil and gas industry use the Job Safety
Analysis Process (also referred to as a JSA, Job Hazard Analysis, or JHA). The JSA is a very effective means
of helping reduce incidents, accidents, and injuries in the workplace. It is an excellent tool to use during
new employee orientations and training and can also be used to investigate "near misses" and accidents.
To start the JSA Process, select the job or task to be performed. Any job that has hazards or potential
hazards is a candidate for a JSA. An uncommon or seldom-performed job is also a candidate for a JSA.
Forms or worksheets (see sample
worksheet) may vary from company to company but the idea remains the same. Identify all steps, hazards,
and safe work procedures before starting the job.
The JSA Process is a multi-step process:
Everyone involved in implementing a job or task
present when the JSA is written! The JSA should be reviewed, approved, and signed by the supervisor before
the task is started. Understanding every job step is very important! Whenever a job step changes or a new
step is introduced, the JSA must be reviewed and updated.
- Basic Job Steps:
Break the job into a sequence of steps. Each of the steps should accompany some major task. That
task will consist of a series of movements. Look at each series of movements within that basic task.
- Potential Hazards:
To complete a JSA effectively, you must identify the hazards or potential hazards
associated with each step. Every possible source of energy must be identified. It is very important
to look at the entire environment to determine every conceivable hazard that might exist. Hazards
contribute to accidents and injuries.
- Recommended Safe Job Procedures:
Using the Sequence of Basic Job Steps and Potential
Hazards, decide what actions are necessary to eliminate, control, or minimize hazards that
could lead to accidents, injuries, damage to the environment, or possible occupational illness. Each
safe job procedure or action must correspond to the job steps and identified hazards.
Remember, the key reasons for completing a JSA are to encourage teamwork (especially with new employees), to
involve everyone performing the job in the process, and to elevate awareness!