Preliminary Steps for Creating an Effective Safety Management System
The following steps are RECOMMENDED, BEFORE developing / writing a Safety Management System for almost any industry or business in the world.
- Fully understand the organizations documented strategies, objectives, and goals.
- Identify one experienced / competent Subject Matter Expert (SME’S) within each discipline of the organization or company. (If the organization or company does not have SME’S, outside competent consultants need to be considered).
- Assemble this group of SME’S for a brain storming session to jointly identify risks from THEIR perspectives.
- Produce a list of risks.
- Organization’s senior management should rank the risks starting with the biggest risk first lowest risk last and determine what has to be done to reduce risks (Mitigate) to acceptable levels.
The produced list of identified risks, related to people, assets, environment, and reputation should then be used as a guideline or the table of contents in the writing of a Safety Management System.
The Safety Management System is mandatory in order to assist in the management of risk reduction throughout an organization. It also allows for further development of specific safety, health , environmental and security procedures.
The advantages of following the recommended steps are:
- Obtains buy – in (Ownership) from the organization’s senior management.
- Helps keep the entire organization on the same page with regard to understanding the risks, and how to mitigate them.
- When risks are known, it becomes clear as to how contracts should be written with contractors, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers.
- Assists managers and supervisors in creating hazard awareness among the organization’s work force.
- Allows for writing clear safety, health, environmental and security procedures.
- Assists in the reduction of incidents in the work place.
- Saves costs by being proactive instead of reactive.