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Understanding the purpose and intent of the JSA

“Why do you think we have the paper?”

I hear all sorts of things:
– It is for the lawyers, or it is to cover your rear.
– It is to prove to the office we are doing Job Safety Analysis.
– It is to make a job idiot proof —the list goes on.

The paper is there so that we don’t forget things when we are out on deck doing a job, and we are thorough when identifying the risks.

So, paperwork is there for a reason, but is paper necessary for every job? No, there are probably some jobs where we do not need paper. There are some jobs that you can probably do without it.

This is where we have lost the ownership from our crews when they are told that they must have a written JSA for every single job. That just isn’t real. Where do we draw the line?

It doesn’t mean you don’t have the thought process every time; it just means there are some jobs that are low risk enough or not detailed enough so that they can be handled with the thought process and discussion alone.

That is why we stress that job safety analysis can sometimes just be verbal. I don’t believe that if you are pulling out a JSA for making a cup of coffee or mopping a deck that you really understand the purpose and intent of the JSA.

This is an excerpt from my book ‘Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations’ you can get a copy here:

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Kris's Bio

After 20 years of working with clients involved in high-risk operations around the globe, Kris founded The Callen Group in April 2017 in order to focus solely on developing and promoting high-performing operational cultures that lead to safe and efficient operations.

He founded Performance Coaching International, served as president from 2005 – 2009, was Senior Vice President at The REACH Group from 2009 – 2017, and is a highly respected Senior Leadership and Safety Facilitator. In addition, he was highly involved in the mergers of Global Marine and SantaFe, Hercules, and TODCO as well as Talisman’s North Sea Operations transfer from Total. Kris remains on the cutting edge of advances in the area of behavioral safety, predominately in the Oil and Gas Sector.

Kris’ career has taken him to 90 countries training over 35,000 people. He has been intimately involved with the development and implementation of Behavioral Safety Processes with Enterprise Offshore, Orion Drilling, Hercules Offshore, as well as the former GlobalSantaFe which is now Transocean. In 2019 Kris authored the book “Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations” published by PennWell. This book outlines a clear roadmap for bringing many cultures together and simplifying the safety tools that are used day in and out.

Kris holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Belhaven University, Jackson Mississippi, in Accounting and in Business Administration. He is passionate about creating a performance culture where safety and efficiency go hand in hand. He currently divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, Tampa, Florida, and Houston, Texas, and has four grown sons: Braxton, Taylor, Joshua, and Noah.