Abstract

Safety cannot be left to chance otherwise incidents are more likely to occur. Safety has to be properly managed. "Safety Begins With Management" should be an important philosophy, corporate value or safety policy element for any organization that is serious about the safety and wellbeing of its employees, workforce, contractors and any visitors or stakeholders at its facilities or worksites.

"Safety Begins With Management" however, has multiple meanings, all of which are critical to good safety performance and continuous improvement with an organization.

Firstly, the Management of an entity (the senior people who run the company) must show a real commitment to safety and exhibit visible and believable leadership, and steer development of the organizational culture to this end. The information presented in this paper includes guidance on leadership, actions that leaders must take and things they must not do, as well as ideas to improve management visits to the worksite.

Secondly, there are processes that should be utilized for key aspects of an operation such as management of risk, change or contractors for the purpose of keeping the workforce safe. Finally, management systems must be used to control the various facets of a company's activities and not just for occupational health and safety. So "management" refers to people, processes and systems in its varied meanings.

A comparison of management system models discusses the problems with using regional or national standards versus a global standard. It is also concluded that the management system model that was enacted into law in the US after the Macondo incident may not have been the best choice.

The paper looks at the unique success story of The Offshore Drilling Company and how it's "management" was a critical component to its amazing turnaround.

The author feels strongly that safety not only begins with "management" but, if the various aspects of management are not all in place and working effectively, then safety can end (that is incidents will occur) due to failings of management. Without these key controls, incidents are more likely to occur and people more likely to be injured, even fatally.

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