When it comes to occupational health and safety, the role of the employer is to establish and maintain appropriate standards and controls and provide a safe work environment. However, organizations frequently fail to understand the legal, ethical and operational aspects of safety management and how to go about managing safety from a strategic perspective. It is important to be able to take that strategy and tactically implement it, while promoting and maintaining a safety culture throughout the organization. While much of occupational health and safety relates to legal and regulatory requirements – or is quite technical in nature – human resources practitioners and senior business leaders require a strategic and best practice approach to the subject written in plain language from an organizational perspective.
Organizational Safety Management: Strategies and Implementation is ultimately about the development and maintenance of a safety management program and a health and safety strategy for organizations. It is also about the development and promotion of a safety culture. The book illustrates some of the basic concepts of occupational health and safety that will allow organizations to fulfill their obligations, as well as those of their employees. The information is intended to provide guidance to senior managers, occupational health and safety specialists, HR professionals and line managers with respect to organizational health and safety management programs and the steps required to develop and improve safety performance.
This book examines the management of occupational health and safety programs on both strategic and operational levels. This includes the management of an organization's health and safety agenda, increasing awareness of health and safety issues and helping to promote a culture of safety throughout the organization. The book covers organizational elements, managed systems, the internal responsibility system (IRS), risk management, situational awareness, safe work planning, the role of occupational health and safety committees, the establishment of safety programs, effective communications and how to conduct health and safety audits and investigations. It is unique in its coverage of situational awareness and managed systems – two concepts that are not covered in many books on the topic of occupational health and safety.