Safe Business Management

October, 04 2023

The management of safe business operations requires an ongoing, systematic effort to identify and fix workplace hazards before workers are injured. It’s also known as a Safety and Health Management System (SHMS). A SHMS requires support from the leadership and worker participation (including any unions in your organization), hazard assessment, prevention and control, opportunities for education and an ongoing training program, as well as regular evaluation of the program.

The traditional approach blames the cause of accidents on the workers. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s theory that 85-95 percent of accidents stem from unsafe behavior of individuals drove many different behavioral-based safety (BBS) methods. In recent times, advocates of quality have taken a more proactive approach to safety by recognizing the fact that accidents are caused by processes and systems. They employ quality tools to reduce the chance of accidents.

Managers must understand that safety is an important aspect of their jobs. This can be accomplished through explicit comments on performance, reviews, and bonuses. LyondellBasell for example will inform its managers that, regardless of how low their OSHA recordable injuries are, if there is a serious accident on site, the manager will not be receiving any kind of bonus.

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