1st Edition

The Design, Implementation, and Audit of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

By Ron C. McKinnon Copyright 2020
    394 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    394 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book covers the design, implementation, and auditing of structured occupational health and safety management systems (SMS), sometimes referred to as safety programs. Every workplace has a form of SMS in place as required by safety regulations and laws.

    The Design, Implementation, and Audit of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems describes some of the elements that constitute an SMS, the implementation process, and the auditing of the conformance to standards. It covers more than 60 processes, programs, or standards of a system, and gives important background information on each element. Guidelines and examples show how to design and implement the risk-based processes, programs and standards, and how to audit them against standards.

    The text is based on actual SMS implementation experiences across a wide range of industries. It offers a roadmap to any organization which has no structured SMS. It will guide them through the process of upgrading their health and safety processes to conform to local and international standards. It will lead them away from relying on reactive safety measures such as injury rates, to proactive actions which are measured by the audit of the system.


    • Covers more than 60 elements of a safety management system (SMS)

    • Provides practical examples of how to design, implement, and audit a structured SMS

    • Based on actual SMS implementation experience across a wide range of industries

    • Presents the integration of an SMS into the day-to-day functions of the organization


    Ron C. McKinnon, CSP (1999 – 2016), is an internationally experienced and acknowledged safety professional, author, motivator and presenter. He has been extensively involved in safety research concerning the cause, effect, and control of accidental loss, near miss incident reporting, accident investigation, safety promotion and the implementation of health and safety management systems for the last 46 years.

    Ron C. McKinnon received a National Diploma in Technical Teaching from the Pretoria College for Advanced Technical Education, a Diploma in Safety Management from the Technikon SA, South Africa, and a Management Development Diploma (MDP) from the University of South Africa, in Pretoria. He received a Master’s Degree in Safety and Health Engineering from the Columbia Southern University.

    From 1973 to 1994, Ron C. McKinnon worked at the National Occupational Safety Association of South Africa (NOSA), in various capacities, including General Manager of Operations and then Marketing. He is experienced in the implementation of health and safety management systems, auditing, and safety culture change interventions. During his tenure with NOSA, he gained valuable experience in auditing of safety management systems in numerous countries.

    From 1995 to 1999, Ron C. McKinnon was safety consultant and safety advisor to Magma Copper and BHP Copper North America, respectively.

    In 2001 Ron spent two years in Zambia introducing world’s best safety practices to the copper mining industry.

    After spending two years in Hawaii at the Gemini Observatory, he returned back to South Africa. He recently contracted as the Principal Consultant to Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Riyadh, to implement a world’s best practice safety management system (Aligned to OHSAS 18,001), throughout its operations across the Kingdom involving 33,000 employees, 27,000 contractors, 9 consultants and 70 Safety Engineers.

    Ron C. McKinnon is the author of "Cause, Effect and Control of Accidental Loss," (2000), "Safety Management, Near Miss Identification, Recognition and Investigation," (2012), "Changing the Workplace Safety Culture," (2014), and Risk-based, Management-led, Audit-driven Safety Management Systems" (2016), all published by CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, USA. He is also the author of "Changing Safety’s Paradigms," published in 2007 by Government Institutes, USA, and the second edition published in 2018.

    Ron C. McKinnon is a retired professional member of the ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals) and an honorary member of the Institute of Safety Management. He is currently a health and safety management system consultant, safety culture change agent, motivator and trainer. He is often a keynote speaker at safety conferences, and consults to international organizations.