This paper describes a research project into the assessment and improvement of the safety management at a steel company.First, a framework for safety management is proposed based upon three levels of activity: execution, policy and assessment and five types of resources.At each level a cyclic problem solving process is expected.

Secondly, three hypotheses underlying the project and four measuring techniques are described. Then a number of possible directions for improvements are given, based upon the misallocation of resources in the problem solving structure. Initial results are given and briefly discussed.

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