Job Task Analysis: Employee Training for Mine Safety


The more dangerous the job, the more important it is to make sure that your employee training program is up to date.  In underground mining, that means your training program is approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).  In order to help the industry, the MSHA website provides tutorials and examples of job task analyses for several key jobs and equipment operators needed in underground mining.  At their website, you can find sample Job Task Analysis templates for Blasting, Continuous Mining Machines, Conveyers, Cranes, and Crushers, to name just a few.


Here is what the CDC's experts on Workplace Safety and Health have to say:

The process is called job training analysis (JTA). Its main use is to structure skills training at the jobsite. JTA supports structured skills training by identifying the job duties, tasks, and steps and the reasons why those job components are important. The outcome of the JTA process is a worksheet—a training outline based on the knowledge and expertise of experienced workers. Time invested in developing a JTA will result in significantly more time saved when it is used appropriately by skilled trainers. Like a roadmap, JTA saves time and energy. - CDC IC  9490

Note:  The Job Training Analysis described by the CDC and the Job Task Analysis described by the MHSA are the same processes.


The core of any Job Task Analysis is the description of the job tasks.  Let's look at the MSHA description for a blaster.

MSHA Blaster Job Task Analysis

MSHA Blaster Job Task Analysis

Here is what this same Job Task Analysis looks like in TaskArchitect:

TaskArchitect Blaster Job Task Analysis

TaskArchitect Blaster Job Task Analysis

The MSHA version can be downloaded in either Word, Adobe, or viewed as an .html file labeled Spider.  It's easy to cut and paste from any of these versions to import the data into TaskArchitect.  Once in TaskArchitect, you now have recorded these tasks in a database that lets you add or remove tasks with a simple click, add up to 100 different properties for each task, and look at the tasks with any of the many different views that TaskArchitect can generate.

 If your Job Task Analysis has only 10 or 20 tasks, Word is probably good enough.  But this Job Task Analysis has 96 tasks with three levels of analysis and once you brainstorm with your subject matter experts, you may have many more. 

This is exactly what TaskArchitect was designed for.  It is the easiest way to manage Job Task Analyses with lots of tasks.