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Safety Management System Development & Case Analysis
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Safety Management System Development & Case Analysis

2-Day Course: A proactive approach to safety that emphasises prevention & risk control before adverse events occur. Whether you are new to safety or want to update your skills, this course provides practical guidance on how to establish a safety management system or improve an existing one. Participants will learn how to make safety management an integral part of normal business practice through interactive activity based discussions & case examples. Contemporary guidance material on safety management system development, change management & human factors considerations will be provided

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to involve all employees in safety and instil a positive safety culture
  • To enhance participants’ knowledge of safety management concepts and related guidance material
  • Develop knowledge and skills in overseeing the development, implementation and continuous improvement of a basic safety management system (SMS)
  • Understand and apply strategies to maintain commitment to safety
  • Learn how to assess the effectiveness of the SMS

About the Course

Safety is a whole life cycle issue that cannot be achieved by simply introducing prescriptive rules or directives to be followed by operational employees. It encompasses most of the activities of the organisation.

Early identification of safety issues and assessment of the safetycriticality of a system are valuable in preventing costly incidents and accidents. Catastrophic accidents have shown that for many organisations, the entire process of analysing, specifying, developing and deploying safety-critical systems needs improvement.

This practical course will explain the basic principles underlying Safety Management Systems (SMS) and the unique challenges in implementing and maintaining an effective system.

Participants will learn that a SMS is a proactive approach to safety that emphasises prevention and risk control before adverse events occur. While essential theoretical principles about safety systems will be covered, the emphasis on this course is a “how to” approach, via the use of illustrative examples and a detailed review of useful guidance material from various safety critical industries.

Participants will leave the course armed with practical ideas and materials to apply to their own organisation.

Who Will Benefit

  • Senior managers
  • OH&S personnel
  • Environment managers/HSE representatives
  • Supervisors and foremen
  • OH&S committee members
  • Designated investigation teams
  • Quality, risk and reliability specialists


“The clear and concise manner in which the material was presented. Together with the presenter’s acknowledgement that there was not one answer, one side or one solution”
Administration Manager, Accident Compensation Conciliation Service

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Course Outline

Introduction to safety management systems (SMS) & key concepts

  • Key safety concepts
    • Safety Management Systems (SMS)
    • Safety Case
    • Safety Culture
    • Risk and hazards
    • As low as reasonably practicable (ALARP)
    • Duty of care considerations
  • Need for safety management
  • A business case for safety: The benefits

Activity: Assessing the state of your own safety system

Human factors & systems safety

  • Introduction to human factors
  • Person versus system approach
  • Active failures and latent conditions
  • Human error and violations
  • Human performance capabilities and limitations
  • Human factors analysis frameworks
  • Managing human error
  • Developing error tolerant systems

Activity: Developing error tolerant solutions

The critical role of safety culture

  • Characteristics of safe and unsafe organisations
  • Management influence on safety culture
  • Safety culture
  • Measuring safety culture

Activity: Practical Strategies for improving safety culture

Key elements of a SMS

  • Leadership and commitment
  • Safety policy and strategic objectives
  • Standards and resources
  • Organisational structure and safety accountability
  • Hazard and incident reporting
    • Policy on safety reporting
    • Value of safety reporting systems
    • Types of safety reporting systems
    • Examples of safety reporting systems
    • Limitations in the use of data from safety reporting systems
  • Safety performance indicators
  • Hazard identification
  • Risk management
  • Emergency/crisis response
  • Safety education and training
  • Safety communications and promotions
  • Planning
  • Investigation and analysis
  • Audit and inspection
  • Safety compliance
  • Management review
  • Documentation
  • Contractor management
  • Procurement

Activity: SMS practical examples and case studies

Key considerations in implementing a SMS

  • Gaining senior management commitment
  • Setting policy and objectives
  • Appointing responsible persons for safety
  • Establishing a safety action group

Essentials of risk management

  • What is a risk?
  • Who is accountable for risks?
  • Hazard identification
  • Risk assessment methods
  • Establishing a process to manage risks
  • Risk communication
  • Managing safety in a changing environment
  • Best practice guides on change management

Case Studies: in change and risk management

The tools of design safety risk management

  • Established methods of examining designs such as Fault Tree and FMECA
  • The principles of railway safety
  • Relevant standards such as EN 50126 and their application
  • Practical exercise for participants in the use of these tools

Establishing safety information systems

  • Basic principles of safety information systems
  • Collecting information
  • Interpretation and analysis of safety information
  • Feedback to users
  • Evaluating how the system is working

Accident & incident investigation

  • Introduction
  • Scope of safety investigations
  • Immediate actions
  • Data collection methods
  • Interview methods
  • Investigation analysis techniques
  • Developing safety recommendations

Integrating the SMS into the business

  • Integrating the separate components of the safety system with each other
  • Integrating the SMS with the business and operational processes

Monitoring & maintaining the effectiveness of a SMS

  • Assessing safety health
  • Performance indicators
  • Audit
  • Management review
  • Surveys and focus groups
  • Continuous improvement
  • Sample indicators of safety health

Activity: What will you take back to your organisation?

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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