Environment, health and safety (EHS) management has become increasingly important in the past 10 years, especially within high risk and high reliability organizations. EHS is driven from the top of an organization, and whilst there has been much research on the subject of EHS leadership, there is very little on EHS governance and the director’s role in leading or influencing change in organizational safety/EHS performance.
Environment, Health and Safety Governance and Leadership: The Making of High Reliability Organizations reviews the factors influencing safety/EHS leadership and governance and addresses all the areas where the role impacts on the performance and sustainability of organizations. Based on the author’s in-depth research, the book draws on much of the best-practice standards developed by many leading organizations such as the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
This book provides exclusive insights and legal imperatives for practitioners and leaders to inform decision making, strategy and EHS governance, all of which can have a fundamental impact on business continuity, developing company value and the sustainability of large organizations around the world.
'Dr. Waddah S. Ghanem Al Hashmi’s book superbly brings together in one place the wealth of theory and practice that has developed around EHS governance and leadership in the past twenty years. His analysis of the key facets critical to success of business leaders in carrying out their EHS roles and responsibilities is founded on his through and exemplary review of the evidence. This book is a must read for leaders of organisations in the high and medium hazard sectors. It provides clearly and succinctly the answers to the three key questions: "What should I be doing to ensure my organisation is highly reliable; Why, and: How." As an active proponent of the importance of active and influential top level leadership over the past twenty years I am so pleased to note that Dr Al Hashmi’s book answers these questions emphatically.' — Neal Stone, formerly Policy Director, British Safety Council
'Many catastrophic safety and environmental events in high risk industries have been attributed to lack of leadership. Dr Waddah’s book makes a much-needed contribution on how senior leaders can move their organisations from high-risk to high-reliability; safeguarding workers and shareholder value in the process.' — Teresa Budworth, Chief Executive, NEBOSH
'The penultimate chapter was a “lightbulb moment” for me, presenting a clearer way to understand EHS governance than other models I have seen.
For those in safety leadership roles, I’d say this book is a must. After all, most of the time they will sit on (or support) a board of some description or an organisation’s executive committee and can use the insights easily and quickly to obtain results in the short and longer term.' — Richard Byrne, CMIOSH, IOSH Magazine
Dedication, Acknowledgements, About the Author, List of Abbreviations, List of Tables and Figures, Foreword, Preface, Purpose and Value of this Book, Chapter1: Introduction, Chapter 2: Developing High Reliability Organisations (HRO), Chapter 3: Corporate Governance & Historical Review of Developments, Chapter 4: Legal Imperatives that Drive EHS Governance, Chapter 5: Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) in Organizations, Chapter 6: Risk Perception, Risk Management and Risk Tolerance, Chapter 7: Relationship of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Social Accountability (SA), Sustainability, Chapter 8: The Effective Board and its relationship with the CEO/MD of an organization, Chapter 9: Organizational Structure and Effective Safety Communication, Chapter 10: Exploring the Themes impacting on EHS Governance and Leadership, Chapter 11: Impact of Board Structures and Future Outlook on HSE Governance, Chapter 12: Contextual Model of EHS Leadership in the context of Corporate Governance, Chapter 13: The Model of EHS Governance and Leadership, Chapter 14: Conclusions