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Management Leadership

Every effective safety and health program includes three key components:

  • Management leadership
  • Worker participation
  • A systematic approach to finding and fixing workplace hazards

This section discusses the role of management leadership in safety and health programs.

What Is It?

Management leadership means there is a commitment from the top to implementing a program and using it to drive continuous improvement in safety and health.

Why Is It Important?

When management leadership is sincere and is supported by actions, workers know that safety and health are important to business success. This means that the steps they take to improve safety and health will be valued by the business.

Examples

Top management can demonstrate its commitment in many different ways, including:

  • Developing and communicating a safety and health policy statement.
  • Providing the resources needed to implement and operate the program.
  • Factoring safety and health into operational planning and decisions.
  • Recognizing or rewarding safety and health contributions and achievements.
  • Leading by example, by practicing safe behaviors and making safety part of daily conversations.

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