1st Edition

Safety Management A Comprehensive Approach to Developing a Sustainable System

    500 Pages 139 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    With annual cost in excess of $150 billion from workplace related illnesses and injuries, any knowledge that can reduce this burden contributes to the overall welfare of the work force and business performance. Yet, there are many key areas of opportunities that have not yet been discussed in the literature, such as approaches to improving contractor safety management and innovative approaches to shared learning in health and safety. Until now.

    Built upon practical principles and knowledge derived from the authors’ field experience, Safety Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Developing a Sustainable System provides recommendations and practical solutions for improving health and safety in the workplace. The authors recognize and promote workplace health and safety as essential for sustained long-term profitability of all organizations, regardless of the industry. The book emphasizes the potential for sustained improvements in workplace health and safety from understanding:

    • How business environment trends can guide approaches to managing health and safety in the workplace
    • The importance of safety management systems (SMS)
    • The benefits of integrating process safety management (PSM) into your business practices
    • How leadership commitment and shared learning in health and safety can improve the workplace and that leveraging shared learning in safety helps you avoid repeat and similar incidents
    • The importance of leveraging contractor safety management to generate real improvements in workplace safety
    • Proactively identifying gaps in organizational SMS and addressing them by using audits as a collaborative process

    The authors explore different leadership styles and detail their pros and cons in the workplace. Compiling this wealth of knowledge into a single book provides a holistic approach to upgrading the way health and safety is managed in the workplace. It shows you how to take your organization from ordinary to world-class safety performance.


    Trends in Safety
    Global and Regional Trends in Employment
    Trends in Injuries and Fatalities

    World Class in Safety
    Defining World-Class Safety Performance or Status
    Are World-Class Performance and Status Achievable?
    Setting the Safety Vision

    Have a Safety Management System

    Is a Safety Management System Required?
    Good Business Sense
    Legal Compliance and Due Diligence
    The Road Map for Improving Safety Performance
    Elements of a Safety Management System
    Implementing a Safety Management System
    Implementing an SMS in an Organization Where One
    Does Not Exist
    Establish the Safety Culture Vision
    All Element Standards Clearly Defined
    Responsibilities and Resources Allocated
    Training Provided to All Personnel
    Activities Documented
    Internal Controls Developed and Activated
    Sustainment Process Developed and Activated
    Performance Management
    Upgrading an SMS in an Organization Where
    One Already Exists
    Gap Analysis Completed (New vs Existing Standards)
    Gap Closure Strategies Developed
    Execution and Rollout

    An Incident Management System

    Design of an Incident Management System
    Using an IMS for Short-Term Tactical Safety Responses
    Using an IMS for Long-Term Strategic Safety
    Management Decisions

    Leadership and Organizational Safety

    The Role of Leadership
    Leadership Styles and Behaviors: Impact on Safety
    The Frontline Leader
    Senior Leadership

    The Safety Challenge: Why Is Organizational Safety Important?
    Great Safety Performance Equals Great Business Performance
    Great Safety Performance Helps to Attract and Retain the
    Best and Brightest
    Great Safety Performance Maintains and Elevates
    Organizational Image

    How Can We Improve Health and Safety Performance?
    Making Everyone Responsible for Health and Safety
    Maintaining a Working and Effective Safety
    Management System
    Establishing and Stewarding the Risk Management Philosophy
    Embracing Process Safety Management as a Component of the SMS
    Focused Attention on Contractor Safety Management
    Leadership at the Frontline
    Shared Learnings within and across Organizations, within Industry, and across Industries
    Maintaining a Trained and Competent Workforce
    Ensuring an Adequate Audit and Compliance Processes

    The Challenges of Risk Management

    Residual or Static Risks
    Introduced Risks
    Operating Risks
    Incremental Risks That Are Normalized over Time

    Process Safety Management

    PSM: People
    PSM: Processes and Systems
    PSM: Facilities and Technology

    Contractor (Service Provider) Safety Management
    Core Requirements of Contractor Management
    A Contractor Prequalification Process
    Contractor Safety Management
    Activating Your Prequalification Service Provider
    Stewardship of Leading and Lagging Indicators
    Contractor Audits and Follow-Up

    Leadership at the Frontline

    Role of the Frontline Supervisor/Leader
    Core Skills of Frontline Supervisors and Leaders

    Shared Learning in Safety
    Why Is Shared Learning Important in Workplace Safety
    Internal Sharing of Learning in Safety
    Industry and Cross-Industry Sharing of Safety Learning

    Safety Training and Competency

    Understanding the Business Drivers
    Understanding and Internalizing the Core Values and Beliefs
    of the Organization
    Challenges to Realizing Health and Safety Vision
    Back to the Basics
    Due Diligence Requirements

    Audits and Compliance
    Avoiding the Blame Game
    Audits Support the Gap Closure Process
    Laying the Foundation for an Effective Audit
    Resource Allocation Based on Risk Exposure
    Audit All Facets of the RM

    Auditing the Safety Management System
    Gap Analysis and Identification
    Internal Assessment
    External Benchmarking
    Best-Practices Identification and Alignment
    Industry Leaders and Peers in Safety
    Reconfiguration of the Organization to Achieve World-Class
    Safety Performance
    Safety Audit Programs in the New Millennium

    Emergency Management

    History of IMS
    Why Should Organizations Have an IMS?
    Types of Events Requiring IMS Responses
    Organizing Response Structures
    Activating the Response
    Organizational Structure and Key Supporting Roles
    Managing the Response

    Safety Culture Maturity
    Legal Significance of Health and Safety at Work
    Health and Safety at Work in High-Risk Business:
    Case Studies
    Incident Frequencies and Extent of Maturity of a Health and Safety Culture
    Impact of Trust and Employee Engagement on Maturity of an EH&S Culture
    Cultural Variation: Relationship between Employee Cultural Outlook versus Organizational EHS Performance (National and Organizational Culture)
    Motivation in Health and Safety Culture
    Physical and Physiological Stress and the Health and Safety Culture
    Leadership Commitment and Sustainable Safety Culture
    Safety Leadership
    Leadership Behaviors for Improving Workplace Safety
    and Safety Culture
    Developing a Model of Safety Culture
    Information Sharing/Reporting Incidents
    Autonomy and Leadership Support
    xiv Contents
    Developing a Strong Safety Culture
    Safety Culture Maturity Assessment

    Implementing an Effective Global Occupational Health Policy and Program: Case Study in the Oil and Gas Industry
    Background on Occupational Health Development Perspectives
    Occupational Health Management
    Functions of Occupational Health Management
    Challenges of Setting Up an Occupational Health Function

    Consistent Terminologies and Processes

    Document Hierarchy
    Check Sheets and Work Tools
    Standard Operating Procedures
    Types of Incidents
    Role Descriptions
    Standards and Standard Operating Procedures


    Appendix : Contractor or Service Provider Prequalification Questionnaire
    Appendix : Contractor Safety Standard
    Appendix : Ground Disturbance Attachment and Sample Work Agreement
    Glossary of Terms


    Rohanie Maharaj, Chitram Lutchman, Waddah Ghanem