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11. The danger of completing an ineffective JSA

The acceptance of risk should lie with the people who will be exposed to consequences. What must be avoided is a situation where the consequences of a poor JSA are 'owned' by the employees on the job, but the decision of accept the risk is taken by management.

Important Tip

Individuals should never sign the JSA without reading and understanding it. JSAs are important quasi-legal documents and are often used in incident investigations, disputes and court cases. It is of no value where JSAs have been completed and persons are endorsing a JSA indicating they have read and understood it, when there were not involved in the process.

The review and approval process forms an important link in effective supervision. Some recommendations of review and approval process of JSAs are listed in following table.


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