The Operational Safety Management System

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INTRODUCTION “Any well designed safety program or system is only as effective as the day-to-day ability of everyone in the organisation to rigorously follow procedures correctly and safely every time.” (Angiullo in Hopkins, 2009: p.147) This statement is based on organisational discipline or each worker as having the self-restraint to perform every task required. Angiullo supports the statement by discussing the operational safety management system in three core areas: leadership characteristics; well defined and followed management processes; and maintenance of high standards. Organisations only fully conform to organisational discipline when these three areas are effectively implemented within the organisation. (Angiullo in Hopkins, 2009). This essay will discuss why it is believed to be an utopian statement by comparing the core areas against the AS/NZ 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems – specification with guidance for use and supporting literature. LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS An organisation’s managerial leadership and commitment is defined from the top levels and filters through to the front line worker. Leadership inspires and motivates only when it is consistent. What management do or do not do including providing resources, their personal actions or the method of communication can motivate or demotivate workers (Cutchfield, Roughton 2014). It has been identified that leadership language, behaviour and trustworthiness shapes the beliefs and
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