Management Leadership

Management provides the leadership, vision, and resources needed to implement an effective safety plan. Management leadership means that business owners, managers, and supervisors do the following:

  • Make worker safety and health a core organizational value.
  • Fully commit to eliminating hazards, protecting workers, and continuously improving workplace safety and health.
  • Provide sufficient resources to implement and maintain the safety plan.
  • Visibly demonstrate and communicate their safety and health commitment to workers and others.
  • Set an example through their own actions.

Communicate Commitment to the Safety Plan

Management can communicate their commitment to a safety plan by establishing a written policy signed by top management describing the organization's commitment to safety and health, and by pledging to establish and maintain a safety plan for all workers. This policy should be communicated to all workers and, at appropriate times and places, to relevant parties, including contractors, subcontractors, temporary workers at your worksite(s), and suppliers.

Management should reinforce their commitment by considering safety and health in all business decisions, including contractor and vendor selection, purchasing, and facility design and modification. This commitment should also be visible in operations, setting an example by following the same safety procedures management expects workers to follow. Management should also consider beginning work meetings with a discussion or review of safety and health indicators and any outstanding safety items on a "to do" list.  

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