Getting the Most out of your JSA Program

Getting the Most out of your JSA Program

Job Safety Analysis (JSA’s) is a process of determining physical requirements, environmental conditions and safety factors relating to a specific job or task. By completing a JSA, you ensure that you have properly planned the work and that employees can do it safely. Integrating this process into your overall operations can sometimes be challenging and time consuming. Too often, employers spend a great deal of time and effort creating JSAs, and the documents then promptly disappear into a binder, or get filed onto a computer hard-drive and forgotten. When this happens, JSAs are not fulfilling their purpose. Ultimately the goal is to make JSAs “living documents” that have a positive impact on safety within your organization. This presentation will focus the critical steps to create an effective JSA program from beginning to end. You will learn about the most common obstacles that cause some JSA programs to lack effectiveness or even burn out. You learn how some organizations integrate the JSA process into day-to-day operations and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

About Joel Dickinson

Joel is a Senior Risk Control Consultant with Hausmann-Johnson Insurance in Madison, WI. As part of the Risk Control team, Joel helps clients assess and address their risk management needs through a variety of resources including safety program review/development, ergonomic assessments, industrial hygiene assessments, and training. Joel has over 15 years of safety and risk control experience. Prior to joining Hausmann-Johnson Insurance, Joel worked as a National Account Consultant with Travelers and as a Casualty Risk Control Consultant with Aon Risk Solutions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His responsibilities included front line employee and management level safety and risk control training, OSHA compliance initiatives/training, safety program inspections/audits, loss trend analysis, machine guarding assessments, and applying technical loss control best practices in support of client needs. Since 2002, Joel has also held several safety director and manager positions during his career with both manufacturing and construction companies. These companies include Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ocean Spray Cranberries in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Berghammer Construction in Butler, Wisconsin. Graduating in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Joel holds a Bachelor in Science degree in Occupational Safety Health.