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JSA vs SWMS. Do you know the difference?

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Where a JSA lists control measures used the SWMS describes the control measures and how they should be implemented.

Both Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Worksheets and Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are tools used to manage risk, but what is the difference between the two and when should they be used? We help clear up this common question below.

JSA vs SWMS: What’s the difference?

A JSA is a form of risk assessment tool. It is sometimes referred to as a Job Safety & Environment Analysis (JSEA) if environmental components have been included in its content.

Undertaking a JSA prompts those involved in the work task / activity to complete a review of the work step (analysis of the job), identifying potential hazards, assessing associated risks and outlining control measures that need to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk.

A JSA should be completed prior to the development of your SWMS.

Tip: The hazards and control measures identified in the JSA can be used in preparing a Safe Work Method Statement of the work activity, with content transferred onto your SWMS.

A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) basically sets out the following information:

  • work activities in a logical sequence
  • hazards
  • control measures

The purpose of a SWMS according to WorkCover Queensland is to “help supervisors, workers and any other persons at the workplace to understand the requirements that have been established to carry out the high-risk construction work.”

A SWMS should describe clearly the control measures to be implemented at each job step, allowing those involved to easily carry out works in accordance with the SWMS.

SWMS should be produced for work which is determined to be “High Risk Construction” under the WHS Regulations.

Author:    Monica