Job Safety Analysis Made Simple: The Big Picture

Job Hazard Analysis Made Simple: The Big PictureI’m always a bit taken aback by the number of industrial companies I come across in my client engagements that, although they’ve been around for a while, still have no formal hazard assessment policy or procedure for new or modified jobs they may be doing.  The reasons vary and range from “no time to do it,” to “overly complex forms,” to “didn’t really understand what was being asked,” to (my personal favorite) “Do you want me to DO my job, or do you want me to WRITE about it?!” 

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Eric Svendsen

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.

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  1. Chris Gregory says:

    Firstly I like the concept of what is trying to be achieved here. I have the following comments:
    a) A JSA or JHA must take the environment into consideration, to prompt this the tool should be called JSEA
    b) Engineering should not be the first stage in the hierarchy of control its ELIMINATION of the hazard i.e. does that frame need to be put together at height or can we eliminate the risks of working at height and build it on the ground and lift it into place when complete.

    • Those are great points of clarification, Chris. On (a), I was using standard nomenclature. On (b), I probably should have worded that differently (engineering the hazard out of existence is a subcategory of hazard elimination). There is only so much nuance that you can cover in an hour-long address : )

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