Course 700 - Introduction to Safety Management

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Modules: 8
Hours: 6
Sectors: General Industry

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Course 700 Introduction to Safety Management

Key Topics

  • Safety Management System Components
  • Commitment
  • Accountability
  • Employee Involvement
  • Effective Communications
  • Hazard Identification
  • Hazard Control Strategies
  • Accident Investigation Basics
  • Safety Education and Training
  • Principles of Total Quality Safety Management

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



According to the OSHA Act, every employer has a legal obligation to provide work and a workplace free from known hazards that could cause serious injury or death.

This course is designed to give you some ideas to help meet that obligation and apply effective management principles to the function of workplace safety. The ultimate goal is to help you understand these principles so that it affects your thinking, beliefs, decisions, and actions to improve your company's safety management system and leadership culture.

Safety is smart business!

Suppose you want to reduce the costs and risks associated with workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. In that case, you should place as much emphasis on safety and health as you do on other management issues such as production, sales, transportation, and quality control. The old phrase, "Safety First," may sound nice, but in reality, safety is more effective if it's thought to be a priority. In a highly competitive environment priorities can change rapidly. To survive, a company must both produce and be safe. Turn safety into a core value that never changes. Change "Safety First" to "Safety Only."

"Safety Only" emphasizes the idea that it's fine to produce as hard and fast as you can, as long as you can do it safely. High productivity is desired, but if a safety hazard or practice is discovered that might cause serious physical harm or death, it should be corrected immediately, even if that means shutting down production. That's commitment to safety!

The Eight Elements of a Safety Management System

In this course, each of the modules will discuss one of OSHAcademy's eight elements of an effective Safety Management System (SMS). Each of the elements listed below are critical to the success of the SMS.

  1. Commitment and Leadership
  2. Accountability
  3. Safety Involvement
  4. Safety Communications
  5. Hazard Identification, Analysis, and Control
  6. Accident Investigation
  7. Education and Training
  8. Continuous Improvement

Getting Started

  • Study the elements of an effective safety and health program covered in this course, and come up with a plan to suit your individual workplace.
  • Decide exactly what you want to accomplish, and determine what steps are necessary to achieve your goals.
  • Some of the elements may already exist, needing only minor changes to make them more effective.
  • Next, plan how and when each step will be carried out and who will do it. If your company has a safety committee, its members can be a great help in this effort.
  • Put the plan in writing. It's smart to put your plan in writing so everyone can read it and get involved.

OSHA has developed a Safety and Health Program Advisor that will help you analyze and evaluate your organization's safety and health management system. We encourage you to use this resource.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Commitment and Leadership
  2. Accountability
  3. Safety Involvement
  4. Safety Communications
  5. Hazard Identification & Control
  6. Accident Investigation
  7. Safety Education
  8. Continuous Improvement

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Course 700 Final Exam

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After studying the course material and answering the quiz questions, it is time to take the final exam. We highly recommend answering the module quiz questions to check your understanding of the course material. The final exam questions are typically developed from these quiz questions.

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  • OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, OSHA
  • Safety and Health Management Systems eTool, OSHA
  • Field Operation Manuel, OSHA
  • OSHA 2254, Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines>, OSHA

Additional Resources

  • 5S Training and Research Page, Creative Safety Supply
  • OSHA Safety Pays, OSHA
  • Foundation for a Safe Workplace, Oregon OSHA
  • ANSI/AIHA Z10-2005, American National Standards Institute
  • Injury Data and Statistics
  • General Industry OSH Management Program
  • General Industry Basic OSH Management Program
  • Public Sector OSH Management Program
  • Medical and Dental Office OSH Management
  • Long Term Care Industry OSH Management Program
  • Wood Products Industry OSH Management Program
  • Fire, Rescue and EMS OSH Management Program
  • Grocery and Related Products OSH Management
  • Food Manufacturing Industry OSH Management Program
  • Injury Data and Statistics
  • U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Manufacturer For 36 Safety And Health Violations