Safe Business Management

Safe business operations require a systematic, ongoing effort to identify and eliminate workplace hazards prior to workers getting injured. It’s also known as a Safety and Health Management System (SHMS). An SHMS requires support from leadership as well as participation from employees (including the acting involvement of any union if employed in your organization) Hazard identification assessment, prevention and control; opportunities for education and training; and regular evaluation of the program and improvement.

The traditional approach blames accidents on workers. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s theory that 85-95 percent of accidents result from unsafe actions by individuals fueled many different behavioral-based safety (BBS) approaches. In recent years, proponents of quality have adopted an approach that is more proactive towards safety by recognizing the fact that accidents are caused by processes and systems. They use high-quality tools to reduce the chance of accidents.

Managers need to get the message that safe business is a crucial aspect of their job. This can be done through explicit comments or performance reviews as well as bonuses. LyondellBasell for instance, is clear to its employees that, regardless of how low their OSHA recordable injuries are, if there is a serious accident on site the manager will not receive any bonus.

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