Module 1: Management Leadership & Commitment


Management commitment provides the motivating force and resources for organization and controlling activities within the

Senior management, including the top executive on site, must act as a role model for how all employees should work to
create a safe work environment. 

Active leadership includes:

Implement the safety and health management system.
Provide appropriate financial, human, and organizational resources.
Issue a written safety and health policy as a core value of the organization.
Define roles, assigning responsibilities, establishing accountability and delegating authority.
Integrate the safety and health goals/objectives into the organization's business systems and processes.
Discuss safety and health processes and improvements regularly during staff or employee meetings.
Ensure management is held accountable for accident-prevention processes.
Assess the success of the safety and health processes manually.
Encourage employees to take an active part in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.
Follow established safety and health rules and procedures.
Discuss openly safety and health issues with employees during periodic tours or meetings.
Establish a system for effective communication.
Recognize employees for their safety and health efforts.

Top management must provide visible ongoing commitment and leadership for implementing the safety and health management
system covering all workers, including contract workers.  All employees must be provided equally high quality safety and health

Topic 1: Written Safety and Health Policy

A written safety and health policy clearly states the company’s commitment to effective safety and health management and to
providing a safe and healthy working environment.  Communicating the organization’s commitment is as important as the
company’s statement on producing quality products.  Policy statements can vary in length and content, depending on
whether they only contain policy, or also include company philosophies, rules and procedures.  Some policy statements
will cover items such as specific assignment of responsibility, delegation of authority, description of duties, and safety and
health rules.


Develop a Written Safety and Health Policy

If your company does not have a written safety and health policy, consider integrating your company’s quality statement into
one comprehensive policy that includes safety, health, environmental, and quality.  If you already have a written policy, take
the time to re-post in a new location, print in your company newsletter, or find other avenues to communicate the policy
to employees.


Topic 2: Accessibility

Establish an open door or specify times for employees to personally visit you.  “Management by walking around,” describes
a manager who frequents all parts of operations, getting to know the people who make it work and seeing first-hand what
is working well and where there are opportunities for improvement.  When employees see the manager “walking around”
they know he/she cares about what they are doing and how well they are doing it.


Periodic Tours

Topic 3: Program Evaluation

Evaluate how well your safety and health system is working against the goals and objectives the company established. 
Evaluation seeks to assess the safety and health activities, controls and procedures and determine if goals are being met,
hazards being corrected and other improvements in the system are being made.  Evaluations should be conducted annually.


Assess Culture

Evaluate Your Program


Topic 4: Recognize Employee Safety and Health Efforts

Employees are a company’s most valuable asset, and top management should recognize employees for their efforts and
achievements.  A recognition system provides a good counter balance to a disciplinary system by focusing on the positive
and motivates employees to practice safety and health work habits.  A recognition system can be very simple and inexpensive. 
Keeping the focus on recognizing achievement makes for the value of reward.  Examples include: letters or certificates of
appreciation, a special parking place, employee of the month designation, a small pin or baseball cap.  Recognition programs
based on lack of accidents are not recommended as they may cause employees to under-report injuries and illnesses.


Recognize Employee Contributions


Topic 5: Communication

Every organization’s approach to managing safety and health includes verbal and written communication as a two-way
process between employer and employees.  Regular safety and health communication keeps employees informed and
invites feedback and suggestions.


Establish Ongoing Communications