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Course Description

Providing a safe workplace for employees is a fundamental responsibility of employers. Workers must be protected against industrial injuries and illnesses. Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is a proactive method for identifying the potential for injuries and incidents before they occur. It is often performed by first-line supervisors. As a predictive technique, JSA is a highly desirable adjunct to compliance-based safety programs or programs that are based on merely reacting to the occurrence of injuries and incidents. It should be part of effective occupational safety and health programs.

The course provides instruction on the use of JSA, sometimes called Job Hazard Analysis (JHA). Attendees are taught how to identify jobs and tasks for analysis. In order to perform a JSA, users must understand the various workplace hazards which are discussed in the course. The stages and steps in performing a JSA are described in detail with examples provided throughout. Attendees will practice what they are taught by performing exercises and participating in a workshop session where they conduct a JSA to gain experience using the method.

The course concludes with a discussion of how to implement a program for performing JSAs within an organization. The use of the results of JSA to reduce workplace risk is explained and examples are provided.


Be able to use JSA to evaluate hazards in the workplace.

Target Audience

Individuals involved with or responsible for occupational health and safety in an organization.


Knowledge and/or experience with safety, health and environmental issues in the workplace is desirable

Course Contents

  • Introduction
  • Overview
    • Purpose
    • Meaning
    • Value
    • Issues addressed
    • Results
    • Features
    • Benefits
    • Application areas
    • Uses
    • Terms used
    • Steps in JHA
    • Cautions and limitations
  • Understanding workplace hazards
    • Importance of understanding hazards
    • Causes of hazard scenarios
    • Unsafe conditions
    • Unsafe behavior
    • Sources of injuries and illnesses
    • Identification of hazards
  • Performing a JSA
    • Action before starting a JHA
    • Procedure
    • Identifying jobs
    • Identifying tasks / steps
    • Identifying hazards
    • Recommended job procedures
    • Example
    • Records
    • Review and approval
    • Updating JHAs
    • Participants
    • Approaches
    • Risk ranking
  • Follow-up
    • Resolution of recommendations
    • Implementation of action items
    • Confirming success
    • Communication of results to affected employees
    • Distribution of JHAs
    • Use of JHA in developing procedures
    • Use of JHA in training
  • Implementing a JSA program
    • Recognition of need
    • Commitment
    • Leadership
    • Responsibilities
    • Employee participation
    • Overcoming resistance
    • Written program and guidelines
    • Training in JHA
    • Developing a jobs list
    • Auditing
    • Quality control
    • Continuous improvement
    • Performance measurement and program costs
    • Suggested actions before implementing JHA

Duration / CEUs / ABIH

  • One day
  • 0.7 CEUs or 7 PDHs awarded


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