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

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.

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Measurement, Benchmarking: Keys to Success

Successful safety management systems use leading and lagging indicator metrics to identify and correct deficiencies in a safety program.


Employee perception surveys provide an overall assessment of your safety program, identify problem areas and prioritize opportunities for improvement.


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