Safe Business Management

Managing safe business operations involves a systematic, ongoing effort to find and fix workplace hazards prior to workers getting hurt. It’s also known as a Safety and Health Management System (SHMS). An SHMS requires the support of the leadership as well as participation from employees (including the acting participation of any unions if employed in your organization); hazard identification and assessment, prevention and control; opportunities for education and training and regular evaluation of the program and improvement.

The conventional approach is to blame accidents on workers. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s theory that 85-95% accidents are caused due to unsafe behavior of individuals, has triggered numerous forms of behavior-based safety (BBS). Recently the people who advocate for quality approach safety have realized that accidents result from systems and processes, and use quality tools to reduce the likelihood of them occurring.

Managers need to understand the importance of safety as a aspect of their job. This can be accomplished through direct feedback or performance reviews as well as bonuses. LyondellBasell for instance is clear to managers that no matter how low the OSHA recordable injury rate is and if a serious injury occurs on the job they will not be able to receive a bonus.

SAFe is flexible and scalable. This allows each organization to modify the Framework to fit their own development environment. SAFe has a spanning panels which includes additional roles and artifacts not included in Essential SAFe. Click on each icon to learn how it can be used in your environment.