Why A Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is a Sound Investment
The workplace can present various risks and hazards to the employees of a company. Identifying these at different levels of a day-to-day operation is crucial in maintaining a safe and secure environment, and ensuring a smooth flow of business.
A Job Safety Analysis or JSA, a tool for analysing safety and healthy principles in a workplace, can help do just that. There are jobs and tasks, especially those using manual labour or employing mechanical equipment, which virtually need a step-by-step procedure to integrate safety habits and practices into the workflow.
Remember that your workers are your assets (but never liquidate them!). They run your business, expose themselves to all the danger, and experience daily stresses just so you can gain profit – it is only fitting that they are the first ones who will benefit from a JSA. It is, therefore, wise for an owner to take the initiative and make sure that the workers are not putting themselves at risk with the wrong work practices.
Job safety analysis is tedious work, hence it is viewed as an investment. You invest time, effort and money to ensure that your workplace is as safe and healthy as possible. But what do you stand to gain in accomplishing a JSA? Here is a list of the benefits:
1. You discover old and new threats. Analysis may identify previously undetected hazards. This may arise because the current equipment was still functioning well during the last maintenance check, or perhaps it was overlooked because of negligence. There are different possibilities, but the bottom line is that with a JSA, every little detail is looked into.
2. You improve workplace IQ. Doing a JSA increases job knowledge of the workers. Previously unnoticed tools and procedures can be reviewed and taught to employees so they are better informed of hazards.
3. You gain better boss-employee relationships. Having an avenue to promote interaction between supervisor and worker is always a good thing. It results in a better environment and minimises the already present stresses in the workplace.
4. You create a fact sheet. Although the primary objective is to avoid such, accidents sometimes still happen. Having a JSA can assist in comprehensive accident investigations and will help pinpoint which part of the safety procedure was neglected and who was responsible for it.
5. It serves as a teaching aid. A JSA can be used as a tool to make new employees understand the procedures in the workplace. This will work best for initial training or as briefing guides for visitors and guests.
6. Reference for other JSAs. It can also serve as a baseline for future work procedures — a basis for succeeding analyses and standards.