TitleJoint management systems for operations and safety: A routine-based perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsShevchenko, A, Pagell, M, Johnston, D, Veltri, A, Robson, L
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Pagination635 - 644
Date Published09/2018


  • Safety and operations can be integrated at the level of routines.
  • To integrate routines, management must be process focused.
  • To integrate routines, management must consider safety in process design.
  • To integrate routines, management must convey to workers the priority of safety.
  • To integrate routines, management must consider safety a key performance metric.

This mixed-method research investigates the routines that enable a production system to be safe and operationally effective. We focus on the notion of a joint management system, a specific case of an integrated management system that encompasses safety and operations at the level of daily routines. We use a series of ten case studies to examine the content of joint management systems and offer detailed insight into the overlap in routines between safety management and operations management. The results detail the critical routines that such systems encompass. We then use a sample of 198 facilities to confirm that joint management systems are associated with this specific set of routines and show that these routines bundle together.

Short TitleJournal of Cleaner Production