Safe Business Management

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

The traditional approach blames the cause of accidents on the workers. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s theory that 85-95 percent of accidents are the result of unsafe actions of individuals led to an array of behavior based safety (BBS) strategies. In recent years, proponents of quality have taken a more proactive approach to safety, recognizing that accidents are caused by processes and systems. They employ high-quality tools to reduce their risk.

Managers must convey the message that keeping their business safe is an essential part of their job. This can be achieved through direct remarks on performance, reviews, and even bonuses. LyondellBasell, for example will inform managers that no matter how low the OSHA recordable injury rate is in the event of a serious accident that occurs on the premises, they will not receive a bonus.

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