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4 pillars of your safety management system?

Posted by Sienna Luard·

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Have you identified the 4 pillars of your safety management system?

Wombat Software has spoken to over 120 safety professionals over the past year and a half.  There are some fundamental building blocks that keep coming up in our conversations.

4 Pillars of a Safety Management System

  • Safety Policies and Objectives – This pillar involves top management demonstrating a commitment to safety by setting goals, allocating resources, and setting a positive safety culture. In addition, involve employees in the safety program by having them participate in safety training, reporting hazards, and following safety rules and procedures.
  • Safety Risk Management – This pillar involves identifying hazards that could cause injuries or illnesses in the workplace, assessing the risks associated with these hazards, and implementing controls to eliminate or minimize the risks. This can include engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment.
  • Safety Promotion – This pillar involves providing employees with the knowledge and skills they need to work safely and recognize and report hazards. This can include initial safety training.  In addition,  ongoing training ensures that employees are up to date on safety procedures and protocols.
  • Safety Risk Management – This pillar involves thoroughly investigating all incidents, including near-misses.  Most importantly, identify the root causes and implement corrective actions to prevent future incidents. This includes analyzing data, such as injury and incident rates, to identify trends and areas for improvement.

We want to hear your ideas on how safety software can become a tool to help safety professionals more effectively build and maintain strong safety programs.  Furthermore, what causes the cracks that make safety programs wobbly?