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Safety Management

A Comprehensive Approach to Developing a Sustainable System, 1st Edition

By Chitram Lutchman, Rohanie Maharaj, Waddah Ghanem

CRC Press

500 pages | 139 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


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

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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



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety