Safe Business Management

The management of safe business operations requires an ongoing, systematic effort to identify and correct workplace hazards prior to workers getting hurt. It’s often referred to as a Safety and Health Management System (SHMS). A SHMS requires leadership support, worker participation (including any unions present in your organization) as well as hazard assessments, prevention and control, opportunities for education and regular program evaluation.

The traditional approach blames the cause of accidents on the workers. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s-era theory that 85-95% of accidents are caused by unsafe actions of individuals, led to many different kinds of behavior-based safety (BBS). In recent years, advocates of quality approach safety by recognizing that accidents arise from processes and systems and use quality tools to lower the chance of them happening.

Managers need to understand that safety is an essential part of their jobs. This can be achieved through direct remarks and reviews of performance and bonuses. LyondellBasell for instance, is clear to its employees that, no matter how low their OSHA recordable injuries are, if there is an accident that is serious on the premises, the manager will not be awarded any bonus.

SAFe can be configured and scalable. This allows each company to modify the Framework to fit their own development environment. SAFe includes a spanning panel that includes additional roles as well as artifacts not included in Essential SAFe. Click on each icon to find out how it can be applied to your environment.

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