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Checklist Analysis (CLA)

Definition - What does Checklist Analysis (CLA) mean?

Checklist analysis (CLA) is a technique that can be used to identify and manage risk. The checklist is developed by listing items, steps, or tasks and is then analyzed against criteria to determine if the procedure is completed correctly. The checklists should be developed using historical information or knowledge gained from similar projects in the past.

Safeopedia explains Checklist Analysis (CLA)

Checklist analysis is generally used in tandem with other methods of risk identification to ensure that the process is as thorough as possible. The following steps describe the method of conducting checklist analysis:

  1. Start with defining the activity for which the analysis is to be done. Section the activity into its major components to be analyzed.
  2. Define the issues that the analysis should address (i.e. safety problems, environmental impact).
  3. Develop the checklists related to the issues defined.
  4. Work through the checklist. If there is a risk of potential problems, come up with appropriate mitigating measures.
  5. Finally, evaluate the recommendations and incorporate them to improve the activity defined at the start of the analysis.
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