Role of job safety analyses and similar tools
A job safety analysis (JSA) is one of several hazard identification and risk assessment tools used by the mining industry.
There are many versions of this type of assessment tool being used in industry, including:
- job safety and environment analysis (JSEA)
- job hazard analysis (JHA)
- task hazard analysis (THA)
- safe job analysis (SJA)
- task safety analysis
- pre-work safety check
- job task analysis.
It is about looking at each job, before starting, to identify hazards and assess risks, and set up safe work practices for hazardous tasks. Used in the correct context, a JSA can be a useful safety tool. However, if it is used incorrectly or inappropriately, it can result in poor identification of hazards and may contribute to serious incidents.
Further information: A poorly completed JSA could increase the level of risk because workers think they have gone through the exercise of doing a risk assessment and have identified suitable risk controls. Creating a false sense of risk control and security.
Minerals Industry Safety Handbook
The Minerals Industry Safety Handbook, published in 2002, was a resource intended to assist all mine sites achieve the highest possible levels of occupational safety and health practice. It was produced jointly by government agencies and minerals councils in several States.
The content of the handbook is not being updated but it is made available here as it contains some useful guidance.
Safe Mining: Practical Guidance was originally published in 1996. The online version is being updated by CCH Australia.