Basic Steps in a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) for Oil and Gas Safety

Oil Safety, Gas Safety, Drilling Gas Wells, Drilling Safety, OSHA Compliance

November 2011 | Print
Drilling gas wells is an inherently dangerous activity. Maintaining and protecting oil and gas safety at operating wells, onshore and offshore, is equally challenging. Drilling safety is an ongoing and evolving requirement, with increasing emergency, ecological, and environmental concerns.


Using the Job Safety Analysis (JSA) procedure, many industry companies learn that they can reduce accidents, injuries, and other problem incidents at their worksites. With three primary basic steps, a properly constructed JSA can protect both personnel and workplaces from disaster.

JSA basic steps:

  1. Break each job into a series of steps. Sequencing these steps in the order of job completion is important for clarity and ease of understanding for personnel. For personal safety and OSHA compliance, break down actual physical movements and activities for every job. This helps identify those actions that may be subject to personal or bodily hazards.
  2. Identify the most common potential hazards associated with each job step. Completing step one offers evidence of the possible hazards that could befall each employee. Try to identify every possible danger, however remote, which an employee may face. Possibility is the strongest criteria; not probability.
  3. List the actions necessary to eliminate, control, and/or reduce the danger of accident, injury, illness, or environmental damage. Clearly match accident avoidance actions to the specific job steps to which they apply. This helps your personnel understand the best procedure to minimize the chance of injury or illness.

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