TitleManaging Safety and Operations: The Effect of Joint Management System Practices on Safety and Operational Outcomes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTompa, E, Robson, L, Sarnocinska-Hart, A, Klassen, R, Shevchenko, A, Sharma, S, Hogg-Johnson, S, Amick, BC, Johnston, DA, Veltri, A, Pagell, M
JournalJ Occup Environ Med
Date Published03/2016
KeywordsHumans, Manufacturing Industry, Occupational Health, Occupational Injuries, Operations Research, Safety Management, Surveys and Questionnaires, Workers' Compensation

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether management system practices directed at both occupational health and safety (OHS) and operations (joint management system [JMS] practices) result in better outcomes in both areas than in alternative practices.

METHODS: Separate regressions were estimated for OHS and operational outcomes using data from a survey along with administrative records on injuries and illnesses.

RESULTS: Organizations with JMS practices had better operational and safety outcomes than organizations without these practices. They had similar OHS outcomes as those with operations-weak practices, and in some cases, better outcomes than organizations with safety-weak practices. They had similar operational outcomes as those with safety-weak practices, and better outcomes than those with operations-weak practices.

CONCLUSIONS: Safety and operations appear complementary in organizations with JMS practices in that there is no penalty for either safety or operational outcomes.

Alternate JournalJ. Occup. Environ. Med.
PubMed ID26949893