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The purpose of a JSA

In the construction industry, tradesmen undertake numerous jobs for each project. The purpose of a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is to ensure each task is completed safely, and to the highest standard.

Every employer has a duty of care to ensure their workers are safe.  Importantly, workers should be provided the appropriate training and information to complete each task safely.  This is the purpose of a JSA.

So, now you know the purpose of a JSA, what is it?

The purpose of a JSA is to ensure all construction site tasks are completed safely.

The main purpose of a Job Safety Analysis is to ensure worksite tasks are completed safely, so workers are safeguarded against injury. 


So, what is a JSA?

A JSA is a Job Safety Analysis.  It is a procedure that breaks down a job/task into steps, identifying the safest, most logical method to complete it.

A JSA is not a legal requirement, however it can form part of your worksite’s Work Health and Safety Management plan

It is important to remember that every employer has a duty of care to their staff. In other words, they have an obligation to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of their employees in every aspect of their business. The purpose of a JSA is to encourage and implement safe work practices.

The purpose of a JSA

The main purpose of a Job Safety Analysis is to ensure worksite tasks are completed safely, so workers are safeguarded against injury.  The JSA does this by identifying the hazards associated with performing each job/task. Once the hazards have been documented, workers can determine the control measures required, and outline the safest way to complete the job/task within the parameters they’ve identified.

A Job Safety Analysis also documents who is responsible for executing the control measures and ensuring each step is carried out appropriately. 

It is important to monitor and review a JSA.  Amendments and updates are documented as new risks are identified.  Processes are then refined. 

A Job Safety Analysis should be carried out when:

  • There are potential risks associated with the job/task at hand 
  • There are any safety concerns with the job
  • The task presents complexities/is difficult to understand with just verbal instruction
  • The job hasn’t been carried out before
  • The job has been carried out before, but has resulted in injury or near-miss
  • There are new workers on site, or new equipment and machinery

Do you operate with JSAs on your worksite?

JSA Templates

Builder Assist are leaders when it comes to trade documentation for the construction industry. Furthermore, our team has developed trade-specific JSA templates and resources, that save you time and money. 

Builder Assist have developed JSA templates specifically for tradespeople in the construction industry. They are available to purchase directly from our website, and are instantly downloadable. 

For more information about the documentation, policies and procedures required for your trade, head to Tradespeople Documentation.

If you’d like to know more about JSAs, you can read about them in our blog posts:

What is a JSA?

Why you need a Job Safety Analysis worksheet

Job Safety Analysis (JSA's)

Job Safety Analysis (JSA's)

Specifically designed for each building trade these Job Safety Analysis (JSA) documents provide support with the management of Work Health & Safety (WHS) in the workplace.

These Job Safety Analysis Template Features Include:

  • Instant Download
  • User Friendly, very easy to use templates
  • Full instructions provided
  • MS Word formatted template for easy editing
  • Simply add your business and site specific details