JSA verus SMWS

Updated on May 27, 2017 in General
5 on April 26, 2017

Hi what is the difference between a Job Safety Analysis and a Safe Method Work Statement? my company has both of these but to me they seem like they are one and the same?

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0 on April 27, 2017

I use the terms interchangeably, pretty much along with SOP or SHOP too. JSA seems to be an Australian term, SWMS from NZ and SOP from UK but that’s just a personal opinion

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0 on April 27, 2017

Thanks Jo, that’s a great help for sure, I will look up the websites in the UK and do some research! all these acronyms get confusing lol  

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1 on April 30, 2017

A JSA is a task specific hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control (HIRARC) process that lists the basic steps for performing a task, the identified risks and risk controls and is generally supplemented with a risk matrix for scoring raw and residual risk. The primary focus of JSA’s is to identify and manage risks from the identified (listed) task steps whereas a SWMS provides a lot more technical detail regarding the task steps themselves while also managing risk.

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on May 22, 2017

Hey Stokeys, Just had some guys on site today with their JSA, Used your explanation as above and it worked a treat, good stuff 🙂 

 

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0 on May 27, 2017

From my experience SWMS are a generic risk assessment completed by management, often an engineer, or to be honest, a lot of the time, it is sourced by ringing a colleague on another project and asking them to email one. The front page is amended to include site specific details but that’s where it stops. I’ve found the JSA or TRA is completed at a workers level which is the correct way to start a risk assessment but the detail and quality will depend on the worker’s experience and their literacy skills. This is best done as a group so no important details are overlooked and consultation/communication is executed. 

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