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Management Obligations for Health and Safety

1st Edition

By Gregory W. Smith

CRC Press

186 pages

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Description

In recent years, the safety management field has placed leadership and commitment at the center of effective workplace health and safety programs. At the same time, personal liability for workplace health and safety has increased, resulting in poor outcomes for individual managers. Discussing the minimum expectations that courts and tribunals have of managers, Management Obligations for Health and Safety examines the relationship between those expectations and effective safety performance.

The book looks at safety management from the perspective of management obligations. What expectations are placed on managers at all levels of an organization to ensure that the workplace and systems of work are safe, and how are these expectations considered and analyzed by courts and public inquiries? As importantly, the book explores how management actions in relation to these obligations and expectations influence, positively or negatively, the safety performance of an organization. With examples drawn from legal and quasi-legal processes, one of the more enlightening and thought-provoking features of this book is the extensive use of cross examination taken from various proceedings.

No one person reacts the same to finding him- or herself responsible for managing the aftermath of a death at work, or having to deal with the immediate pressure of being subject to interviews and investigation by safety regulators (much less the drawn-out experience of the legal process), but one of the most constant reactions is "Why didn’t anybody tell me about this?" Stressing the importance of safety culture, this book details the true nature of the expectations that are placed on managers by virtue of their obligation to provide a safe workplace.

Table of Contents

Managers and Safety Management

Introduction

Safety Management Systems

BP Texas City

Longford

Montara and the Deepwater Horizon

Safety Culture

References

Bata Industries

Introduction

Background

Thomas Bata

Remuneration Strategies

Reliance on "the System"

Douglas Marchant

Keith Weston

Final Comments

References

Management Line of Sight

Introduction

BP Texas City

Montara

Deepwater Horizon

Understanding Management Line of Sight

References

Understanding Rules

Introduction

Why Rules Don’t Always Work

BP Texas City

Montara

Texting and Driving

The Herald of Free Enterprise

Western Power

Black Hawk 221

Final Thoughts about Rules

References

Training and Competence

Introduction

Relying on Training and Competence

Longford

BP Texas City

Piper Alpha

Deepwater Horizon

Conclusion

References

Everyone Has the Right to Stop the Job

Introduction

How do You Know it is Bad Enough to Act?

Stopping the Oil on Piper Alpha

Activating the EDS on the Deepwater Horizon

Conclusion

References

Delegation

Introduction

Commercial Industrial Construction Group

HMAS Westralia

The Ritchie Decision

Conclusion

References

Warning Signs

Introduction

Peter Kite

The Herald of Free Enterprise

The Space Shuttle Challenger

Texas City

Montara

The Deepwater Horizon

Conclusion

References

Learning Lessons

Introduction

BP Texas City

Piper Alpha

The Deepwater Horizon—Transocean

Conclusion

References

Managing Change

Introduction

The Herald of Free Enterprise

Longford

Montara and the Deepwater Horizon

Bad decisions?

References

Production before Safety

Introduction

Risk Assessment

Herald of Free Enterprise

Home Insulation

Deepwater Horizon

Montara Inquiry

Conclusion

References

Managing the Obligations

Introduction

Bata

Montara

Deepwater Horizon

Repeated Failures

Managing Expectations

What Risks?

Moura

References

Index

About the Author

Greg Smith has spent almost two decades specialising in occupational health and safety (OH&S) within Australian law. His focus is on assisting clients to develop and deliver management obligation programs, particularly to the mining and oil and gas industries.

As a leading OSH practitioner, Greg’s technical expertise is deep, providing some of Australia’s largest and most significant employer’s with strategic OSH advice on health and safety compliance, to incident investigation, management and response, contractor safety management and representation in health and safety prosecutions. His industry experience is broad, applying his OSH expertise to the mining, oil and gas, construction, telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, defence, local and State government and transport sectors.

From 2007 to 2009, Greg was employed as the Principal Safety Advisor for Woodside Energy Limited. Reporting to the Vice President Safety and Health, and was responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of Woodside’s global safety management strategy.

In 2010 Greg acted for a number of parties in the Montara Commission of Inquiry investigating the blowout and uncontrolled release of hydrocarbons from the West Atlas drilling rig in the Timor Sea of the Coast of Western Australia in August 2009.

Greg has also devised and delivers comprehensive safety and health training programs on behalf of Freehills, a leading Australian-based international commercial law firm where, Greg is currently a consultant. He also teaches accident prevention as part of the School of Public Health, Health, Safety and Environment at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Greg graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1990 with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.

He currently works in Perth, Western.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW034000
LAW / Environmental
TEC017000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety