Safe Business Management

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

The traditional approach blames accidents on workers. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s-era theory that 85-95% accidents are caused by the unsafe behavior of individuals, has triggered numerous forms of behavior-based safety (BBS). In recent years, proponents of quality have adopted an active approach to safety, recognizing that accidents are caused by processes and systems. They employ quality tools to reduce the likelihood of accidents.

Managers must convey the message that ensuring a safe workplace is an essential part of their job. This can be done via direct remarks or performance reviews as well as bonuses. LyondellBasell for instance, is clear to its employees that, no matter how low their OSHA recordable injuries are, if they have an accident that is serious on the premises the manager will not be receiving any kind of bonus.

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