Safe Business Management

In order to ensure that business operations are safe, it is necessary to make an ongoing, systematic effort to identify and correct workplace hazards, before workers are injured. Safety and Health Management System is what it’s called. An SHMS requires support from leadership; worker participation (including the acting participation of any unions if there is one in your company); hazard detection assessment, prevention, and control opportunities for education and training; and regular evaluation and improvement.

Traditional methods blame worker-related accidents. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s theory, that 85-95% of accidents are caused by uninformed behavior of individuals, has triggered an array of behavioral-based safety (BBS). In recent years, proponents of quality have taken an approach that is more proactive towards safety by acknowledging that accidents result from processes and systems. They employ high-quality tools to reduce the chance of accidents.

Managers must convey the message that safe business is a key part of their job. This can be done by direct feedback, performance reviews, and bonuses. LyondellBasell for example clarifies to its employees that, no matter how low their OSHA recordable injury rates are, if they have an accident that is severe on the site the manager will not be rewarded with any kind of bonus.

SAFe is scalable and configurable. This allows each company to customize the Framework for their own development safe business management environment. SAFe has a spanning panel that includes additional roles as well as artifacts that are not available in Essential SAFe. Click on each icon to discover how it can applied in your context.

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