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Safe Business Management

Safe business operations require a systematic, ongoing effort to identify and correct workplace hazards prior to workers getting hurt. It’s commonly known as a Safety and Health Management System (SHMS). An SHMS requires support from leadership and employee participation (including the active involvement of any union if you have one) and hazard detection assessment, prevention and control opportunities for education and training; and regular program evaluation and improvement.

The traditional approach blames accidents on workers. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s-era theory that 85-95% accidents are caused by unsafe actions of individuals, sparked an array of behavioral-based safety (BBS). In recent years, advocates of quality have taken an approach that is more proactive towards safety by recognizing the fact that accidents result from processes and systems. They use quality tools to decrease their risk.

Managers need to understand that safety is a crucial element of their work. This can be done via explicit comments or performance reviews as well as bonuses. LyondellBasell for instance is clear to managers that regardless of how low the OSHA recordable injury rate is and if a serious injury occurs on the premises the employees will not be eligible for a bonus.

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