1st Edition

Productive Safety Management

By Tania Mol Copyright 2003
    440 Pages
    by Routledge

    440 Pages
    by Routledge

    Unlike most books on this subject, Productive Safety Management, described in this book, integrates occupational health and safety, human resource management, environmental management, and engineering to provide a whole-business approach to effective safety management.

    The book helps companies to reduce and manage risk by providing, analysing and improving systems in place within the company. It also looks at how external factors can affect company decision making and provides a tool to make sure that a health and safety management system is strategically aligned, appropriately resourced, and that it maximises employee commitment. Chapters on human resource management explore cultural issues and explain how to gain commitment to company objectives.

    The book has been written for managers and supervisors working in hazardous industries, OHS practitioners, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    Introduction. PART 1 - THE PRODUCTIVE SAFETY MANAGEMENT TOOLS: Risk - Can it be eliminated?; Organization decision-making and alignment of management systems. PART 2 - SYSTEMS CHANGE: Processes; Technology, Physical environment; Human resources; Risk quantification and strategy development. PART 3 - BEHAVIORAL CHANGE: Management commitment and leadership; Training - building the organization's capacity; Behavioral audits. PART 4 - THE PRODUCTIVE SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN: Formulating the productive safety management plan; Managing performance using the achievement cycle. Glossary of terms.


    Tania Mol is a Director of Align Strategic Management Services Pty Ltd, a management consulting business in Perth, Western Australia. Her concern for employee health and safety stems from a long family association with the Australian mining industry, known to be a sector with a high level of workplace risk. Her father was an underground miner during the 1960s, her husband is a mining engineer, and many friends have been employed by this sector. She has known injured workers personally and this has provided the impetus to resolve the challenges faced by hazardous industries.From a professional perspective, she also has concern for organizational achievement. In particular, with qualifications and experience in the human resource management and public health fields, she strongly advocates that firms should value the competencies and contributions of their employees. Tania believes that hazardous industries can pursue production and safety concurrently by managing risk effectively, adopting a strategic approach and developing a positive culture that allows workers to take ownership of safety and performance goals. Above all else, Tania shares a vision with those passionate about health and safety, that employees should be able to go to work, make a contribution towards the success of their company, and come home safe and well to family and loved ones.

    "Productive Safety Management will be an asset to any organization aspiring to continual improvement and excellence... I recommend it without reservation."
    - From the foreword by J. M. Torlach

    "I would recommend the book to anyone with a research interest in safety. I would also recommend it to the student, for at this price the scope of both the material and referencing has a lot to offer."
    - HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK, October 2004

    "This is an excellent text that should form part of every safety and health practitioner's technical reference library."
    - SAFETY WA, published by IFAP (Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention, Australia), August 2004

    "This book develops and presents its ideas in a format and style that will be comprehensible to everyone in the enterprise; the general manager, safety professionals and general employees."
    - AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) bulletin, November/December 2004