Managing for World Class Safety James Melville Stewart

ISBN: 9781299187177

Published: May 9th 2014

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294 pages


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Managing for World Class Safety  by  James Melville Stewart

Managing for World Class Safety by James Melville Stewart
May 9th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 294 pages | ISBN: 9781299187177 | 10.58 Mb

Despite the extensive literature on safety, few tools have been available to help managers quantitatively assess the level of safety management and the quality of the safety practices in organizations. In his consulting practice, Dr. Jim Stewart, aMoreDespite the extensive literature on safety, few tools have been available to help managers quantitatively assess the level of safety management and the quality of the safety practices in organizations.

In his consulting practice, Dr. Jim Stewart, a former executive at DuPont, developed such a method, crafting a safety survey centering on a comprehensive questionnaire for employees at all levels, that reveals the true level of corporate commitment to safety.Managing for World Class Safety first describes the model of safety management that underpins the questionnaire and then demonstrates how this innovative procedure illuminates critical intangibles like management commitment, the enforcement of rules, worker involvement, and injury investigation.The central part of this book is the description of research at the University of Toronto that applies the questionnaire in comprehensive research at five of the worlds safest companies and five with very poor safety.

The questionnaire polled 700 people in the ten companies, measuring the level of more than twenty key elements such as: The workers perception of the priority given to safetyThe belief that all injuries can be preventedThe extent to which line management takes responsibility/accountability for safetyHow well safety rules are followed and enforcedThe frequency and quality of safety meetingsThe level of recognition to reinforce safety excellenceIn every element, the contrast between the responses from the very safe companies and those from the companies with poor safety was dramatic, clearly depicting where the former succeed and the latter failBy developing quantitative benchmark data, Stewart reasons that it will be easier to convince reluctant management to undertake the fundamental change necessary for a step change in their company performance.

Managing for World Class Safety promises a revolutionary new approach to workplace safety improvement for corporate leaders, safety professionals, and regulators.



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