Safe Business Management

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In order to ensure that business operations are safe, it is necessary to make an ongoing, systematic effort to detect and fix workplace hazards before employees are injured. It’s also known as a Safety and Health Management System (SHMS). An SHMS requires the support of leadership and employee participation (including the acting involvement of any union if employed in your organization) and hazard detection and assessment, prevention and control; opportunities for education and training as well as regular evaluation and improvement.

The traditional approach blames accidents on workers. Herbert W. Heinrich’s 1930s theory that 85 to 95% of accidents stem from unsafe behavior of individuals drove the development of a variety of behavior based safety (BBS) approaches. In recent times, advocates of quality have taken an approach that is more proactive towards safety, recognizing that accidents are the result of processes and systems. They employ quality tools to decrease their risk.

Managers must be able to convey the message that ensuring a safe workplace is a key part of their job. This can be done through explicit comments on performance reviews, as well as bonuses. LyondellBasell, for example is clear to managers that regardless of how low the OSHA recordable injury rate is and if a serious injury occurs on the premises the employees will not be eligible for an incentive.

Configurable and scalable SAFe enables each company to adapt the Framework to their particular development environment. SAFe has a spanning panel that contains additional roles and artifacts that aren’t found in Essential SAFe. Click each icon in the spanning palette and learn more about how it can be applied to your particular situation.

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