A critical first step in planning is the job safety analysis, which is a formal effort to identify and document hazards associated with specific tasks, so workers can take the proper actions to protect themselves.
The safety experts at Safety Management Group in Indianapolis have penned an interesting article that defines when, where and how to develop a job safety analysis (JSA - and also know by other names). Here are some key points:
- The JSA is not just a duty for the site supervisor. It’s everyone’s responsibility, from management to on-site workers who are most aware of potential hazards.
- JSAs are not necessarily required for all tasks. No need to duplicate SOPs already in place.
- Communication is critical so everyone understands why JSAs are important.
- Documentation is key to accountability.
In addition to addressing safety issues, the JSA process can also enhance coordination between trades. Who doesn't need that?