A Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is most commonly referred to as a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) in the United States

The difference between a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and a Hazard Analysis (JHA) is essentially just the terminology. They are fundamentally the same. They both outline your job steps, the potential hazards in undertaking the task, and the control measures required to reduce the likelihood of an injury or incident to an acceptable level.

Exposure to Silica Dust at work

You may be exposed to silica dust if your work involves:

  • stonemasonery
  • paving, surfacing or cement finishing
  • sand blasting or casting
  • road construction
  • mineral ore-treating processes
  • bricklaying
  • breaking, crushing, grinding, drilling or milling material containing silica dust such as concrete
  • demolition work
  • manufacture of glass, ceramics, brick, concrete, tile, metals or machinery.

There is a big risk of falling from heights when working off ladders
Inhalation of silica dust is a hazard when jack hammering and drilling concrete

What is silica dust?

Silica dust (crystalline silica) is found in some stone, rock, sand, gravel and clay. The most common form is quartz. Silica dust can also be found in the following products:

  • tiles
  • concrete
  • bricks
  • some plastic material.
  • manufactured wood
  • cement
  • asphalt
  • mortar
  • tiles
When these materials are worked on, silica is released as a fine dust known as respirable crystalline silica or silica dust.

JHA for Silica Dust

Sample JHA including Silica Dust as a hazard

Creating a site specific JHA is easy using the JSEAsy safety software. Once created you can print a full JSEA/ JHA report or a simplified JHA report generated from the JSEAsy Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) software.

Download an example of a Full Report

Download and example of a Simplified Report
P2 Mask PPE/ RPE
Hazard controls for minimizing the risk of Inhalation of Silica Dust may include:

  • Not taking your dusty clothes home to wash
  • Wear disposable clothing at work.
  • Use On-tool extraction that fits directly onto the hand-held machine
  • DO NOT "clean up" with compressed air or by dry sweeping. Dust should be removed using an industrial HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter vacuum, which should be cleaned and maintained regularly.
  • Wear a dust mask
  • Water should be used through non-electric tools to wet dust down at the point of dust generation
  • Vacuum  while drilling
  • Before you leave work, shower and change into clean clothes
  • Use Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and ensure workers fit tested and trained in their use and maintenance
  • Wear a P2 half face respirator during cutting and fitted in accordance with the manufacture’s recommendations
  • Additional persons in the area whilst cutting must also where a P2 mask if within 3 meters of the cutting area

This is a register sorted by industry type and industry specific of all of the JHA templates included in the latest version of the JSEAsy Safety Management Software