Elements of an Effective Safety Management System

What is a Safety Management System?

  • A systematic, explicit and comprehensive process for managing safety risks that provides for goal setting, planning and measurement of performance against defined criteria
  • A formal method of measuring and evaluating individual and organizational safety performance with an emphasis on continuous improvement

The National Safety Council encourages all organizations to adopt a safety management system on their Journey to Safety Excellence.

An Effective Safety Management System:

  • Reduces the risk of workplace incidents, injuries and fatalities through data-driven measurements and improvements
  • Involves engaging people and working in partnership to make safety a shared responsibility, recognizing the value of cross-level teamwork
  • Is organized and structured to ensure organizations are able to achieve and maintain high standards of safety performance
  • Is proactive, preventive and integrated into the culture of your organization

NSC Safety Management System Assessment

The NSC Safety Management System Assessment uses a systematic approach that combines multiple points of measurement (both qualitative and quantitative) to gauge the effectiveness of managing safety risks while discovering the root causes of deficiencies.

See consulting solutions for more information regarding assessment or implementation of a safety management system.

Continuous Improvement

The Journey to Safety Excellence model is a framework for continuous improvement based on research and proven, effective practices for safety management systems, which emphasize people's contributions to progressive solutions for reducing risk and preventing harm. For more information, visit Journey to Safety Excellence. J2S-excellence-model.png

Feedback is valued. Send comments or questions to Crystal Cannan at (630) 775-2121, or email her at [email protected].

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