“Job safety analysis” and “job hazard analysis” – Some use the terms interchangeably, while others staunchly defend their differences. Let’s take a look at this debate.
The job safety analysis definition is focused on three specific components – looking at the steps that make up a job, identifying the hazards at each step and finding safety measures to avoid these risks. A job hazard analysis contains these same three components, and also includes a risk assessment to evaluate potential hazards. Some believe that this is what separates a JSA from a JHA. However, some safety professionals do include risk assessments in their JSAs.
The end goals and results of a JSA and JHA are the same, which is likely why the terms are frequently used interchangeably.
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