Job Safety Analysis Identifying and mitigating risks in the workplace

Before you develop and implement a safety program tailored to your organization, it's important to first analyze and understand your employees, their existing roles, environment, and processes, then identify and establish a plan to mitigate any risks. A Job Safety Analysis (JSA) accomplishes this and more by identifying gaps in compliance and setting forth a roadmap to meeting OSHA and DOT standards.

In simple terms, regulatory agencies such as OSHA, EPA, and FMCSA require employers to identify hazards, prevent them if they can, and control them if they can't. A JSA looks at every task and sub-task that your hourly employees perform and the physical circumstances under which they perform them. Hazards identified include but are not limited to: chemical, health, physical, biological, and cultural.

The Four Key Components of a Job Safety Analysis

Job Location

Where the job takes place will play a large role in the threats present and the steps that can be taken to mitigate them and keep employees safe.

Hazard Description

In considering what can go wrong when performing a task, the consequences of a potential mishap, the likeliness of a mishap, and more, we formulate a comprehensive view of all the hazards present within a given role.

Job Task Description

This is a careful description of a specific task that is usually a small part of a more complex set of tasks.

Hazard Prevention & Controls

Once a job's key hazards have been identified, prevention & control methods are determined ranging from process changes to updated equipment requirements.


JSAs leverage relationships between the worker and hazards and are used for site specific job training, job rotation, and orientation. With risk-based JSA metrics, you can connect risks and business activities with data-driven relationships to identify valuable insights to inform strategic decision-making. Other benefits include reduced employee stress, increased employee trust, reduced injury costs, increased productivity, management credibility and trust.


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