Updating your job hazard analysis
If you belong to a business or trade association, it may already have a set of the ANSI standards available to its members.
You can also ask your local lending library to borrow a copy of these standards from the Washington State Library, L&I branch, 360-902-5498.
In this document, only health and safety aspects will be considered.
The terms "job" and "task" are commonly used interchangeably to mean a specific work assignment, such as "operating a grinder," "using a pressurized water extinguisher," or "changing a flat tire." JSAs are not suitable for jobs defined too broadly, for example, "overhauling an engine"; or too narrowly, for example, "positioning car jack." One of the methods used in this example is to observe a worker actually perform the job.
One approach is to have a group of experienced workers and supervisors complete the analysis through discussion.
An advantage of this method is that more people are involved in a wider base of experience and promoting a more ready acceptance of the resulting work procedure.
JHA is one practical approach recommended to identify hazards and possible solutions to reduce or eliminate hazards.When conducting JHAs You aren't required to use a JHA approach, but it does provide essential information for safety program development.For example, the information is used to create your company's safety orientation, which is a part of your required Accident Prevention Program (APP).It may be used as a standard for health and safety inspections or observations.In particular, a JSA will assist in completing comprehensive accident investigations. In some cases there are practical constraints posed by the amount of time and effort required to do a JSA.