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Worksite Analysis

Worksite Analysis is one of the four elements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The worksite analysis element of VPP focuses on a comprehensive understanding of all hazardous situations to which employees are exposed and the ability to recognize and correct all hazards as they arise.

Please see the following SMCX-developed presentations for more information on specific WSA topics:


Worksite analysis ensures the identification of S&H hazards through:

  • Baseline S&H hazard analyses of all work areas
  • Frequent hazard analyses of routine and non-routine jobs, tasks, and processes
  • Pre-use analysis of new equipment, materials, chemicals, facilities, processes, and project sites
  • Hazard analyses of significant changes, including process modifications, facility changes, and changes in design or engineering plans
  • Routine self-inspections, ensuring every workspace is inspected at least once each quarter
  • A hazard reporting system, including an anonymous reporting component
  • A hazard tracking system to prioritize hazards by risk, assign responsibility, and track identified hazards and safety deficiencies and suggestions to closure
  • Investigation of all mishaps, including near-misses, to determine root causes and contributing factors
  • Comprehensive trend analysis going beyond injuries and illnesses (e.g., near-misses, inspections, accident investigations, employee hazard reports) and focusing on leading indicators.