August 10, 2018
VALUE ADDED SAFETY = JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS
One sure fire way to reduce job site accidents and employee injuries: Use a Pre-job Safety Analysis Program (JSA)
Don’t let the term job safety analysis intimidate you. A Job Site Safety Analysis, as it is more commonly referred a JSA, is really quite simple to develop and use.
What is a JSA? Its a plan used to identify hazards associated with any job task performed by workers. In addition, the JSA will include what safety precautions will be put in place to eliminate those hazards.
A JSA is a written document and a living instrument to help every person associated with the job task to know what hazards that specific job task entails and what needs to be done to avoid the hazard(s).
A JSA is a training tool. Once the JSA is completely documented it should be the superintendent or foreman’s responsibility to review it frequently with the workers in the crew. It’s signed and dated to confirm the instruction was given and the work crew signs it as well.
A JSA used properly can satisfy many OSHA requirements for safety refresher training on various topics and proving to OSHA that supervisor/foremen are charged with responsibility for the safety of their workers. A JSA is also a great tool for safety mangers to use to complement daily inspection requirements.
A JSA is a proven production tool. Things that are many times overlooked from a production standpoint are brought to the surface during the frequent review of JSA’s. Once a supervisor sees the benefits of a JSA in action it will not be viewed as, “just another safety thing.” Scheduling delays, engineering problems, craft overlaps, and a host of other production problems can be identified early on, giving the supervisor an opportunity to make adjustments before they cost money.
How can a JSA be considered a “VALUE ADDED” feature to a construction company?
1) Reduce Accidents 7) Comply with OSHA Standards
2) Eliminate Employee Injuries 8) Avoid Scheduling Delays
3) Lower Workers Comp. Costs 9) Reduce Lost Production Time
4) Reduce Potential Civil Injury Suites 10) Avoid Job Slow Downs from Accidents
5) Increase Employee Morale 11) Avoid Accident Investigations
6) Reduce OSHA Inspections 12) Be listed as a Preferred Contractor by Clients
Contact the CAWV for help with safety issues at (304)342-1166.