Course 700 - Introduction to Safety Management

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Indicators of Management Commitment

Studies indicate that companies with strong top management commitment to the safety and health take strong leadership and management action. Below are a number of critical indicators of management commitment. Survey your company's management system to determine the status of each indicator below:

  • There is a written safety policy.
  • There are written safety goals and objectives.
  • Written strategies and tactics (plans) for achieving safety objectives are in place.
  • Managers provide safety budgets, staffing, and facilities for meetings.
  • Managers participate in executing safety plans.
  • Managers monitor and periodically evaluates the safety program.
  • Managers and supervisors set an example of good safety practices, e.g., wearing personal protective equipment.
  • Managers and supervisors are held accountable for safety performance, e.g., pay/promotions are partially dependent on safety.
  • Top managers receive and respond to safety committee recommendations.
  • Supervisors and managers personally conduct safety audits and inspections.
  • There are specific procedures for ensuring that accident investigations result in identification and timely implementation of countermeasures and the procedures are reviewed by management.
  • Managers attend safety meetings.
  • Management representatives are members of the safety committee.
  • Managers regularly attend safety activities outside the company.