In a BLR webinar entitled “Safety Management Systems: How to Integrate Your SMS and Develop a Culture of Safety," Michael D. Lawrence of Summit Safety Technologies discusses Safety Management Systems and how to integrate them into all aspects of a business.
In developing and implementing a Safety Management System an organization can track its growth against prescribed levels of maturity of the safety culture. These levels are described below.
Pathological. In the pathological level of maturity the organization asks the question, "Why waste time on safety?"
Reactive. In the reactive mode an organization does something after it has an incident.
Calculative. In the calculative level an organization has systems in place to manage all likely risks.
Proactive. At the proactive stage the company is always on alert for risks that might emerge.
Generative The mature safety culture is generative: Risk management is an integral part of everything it does.
The following attributes characterize the Generative Organization:
- Low accident rate.
- Active involvement and accountability for all.
- Short and effective feedback lines.
- Procedures under constant scrutiny.
- Training, cross-training, and more training.
- Benchmarking against others, inside and out.
- Obsessive planning.
- Willing to try new ideas, but accept the risk of failure.
- Chronic unease.
A safety culture requires a systematic approach, which a Safety Management System can provide. The SMS provides the structure for measuring the existing safety culture through observation, interviews, surveys, audits, and benchmarking.
Michael D. Lawrence of Summit Safety Technologies (www.SafetyProgramNow.com) assists businesses in developing Safety Management Systems.