Literature Review: Work Safety and Total Quality Management (TQM)

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Work Safety and Total Quality Management (TQM): Literature Review Worker safety is a factor of critical importance to organizational management. The prevention of workplace accidents, the provision of proper safety equipment, the use of effective training methods, the presence of well-enunciated first-aid procedures and the existence of a consistent policy where safety procedures are concerned all will contribute to the overall safety of a working environment. In turn, the maintenance of a sound and safe working environment will reduce undue costs resulting from lost labor, worker's compensation, legal entanglements and lost productivity. This makes worker safety a critical dimension of the overall strategy for effective organizational management. It is thus that we enter the literature review conducted here, in order to better understand the relationship between the assurance of workplace safety and an encompassing management strategy. In accordance with the literature incorporated into the present review, this encompassing management strategy is Total Quality Management (TQM), the relevance of which will also occupy an important part of this review. La Duke (2010) provides our discussion with a primary document regarding the correlation between the Total Quality Management model of organizational orientation and the assurance of proper safety compliance in all regards. La Duke introduces Edward Deming to the discussion and attributes the innovation of Total Quality
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