Implementing Total Safety Management

Prentice Hall
David L. Goetsch
August 1997
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A core or supplemental text for courses in Health and Safety Management, Occupational Safety, Safety Management, and Safety in the Work Place.

State-of-the-art in perspective, this text introduces the unique concept of TSM - Total Safety Management - for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment that, in turn, can become a key element in an organization's formula for competitiveness. Using a step-by-step approach - with examples and case studies throughout - it provides a practical, how-to handbook that can be used as an annotated model for implementing TSM in any organization. It shows not only how organizations can create a work environment that is both safe and conducive to peak performance, but how a safe work environment becomes part of everybody's responsibility for creating and maintaining a strategy that will give an organization a sustainable competitive advantage.


  • Explains how TSM transforms occupational safety and health from a conformance-oriented issue into a competitiveness-oriented issue - e.g., a safe and healthy work environment can give an organization a sustainable competitive advantage. Pg.___
  • Shows how TSM involves all levels of employees of an organization - from executives to line workers - in the continual improvement of the work environment. Pg.___
  • Discusses in detail the roles, responsibilities, and interaction of key players in the TSM process:
    • TSM Steering Committee. Pg.___

    • TSM Facilitator. Pg.___

    • Improvement Project Team (IPT). Pg.___

  • Describes a 15-step process - divided into three broad categories of activities - for implementing TSM:
    • Preparation. Pg.___

    • Planning. Pg.___

    • Execution. Pg.___

  • Highlights three or more special TSM tips in each chapter - boxed information relating to text material or to workplace safety and health in general. Pg.___
  • Presents a “What-Would-You-Do?” case study in each chapter - a simulated problem facing an individual involved in implementing TSM. Pg.___
  • Weaves a serialized real-world “In Action” case study across chapters - following the story of how a safety and health professional guides his company through a complete TSM implementation.
    • The case installment in each chapter illustrates one of the steps in the TSM implementation process in action. Pg.___

  • Includes chapter summaries, lists of key terms and concepts, and review questions. Pg.___

Table of Contents

Introduction: Overview of TSM.

Step 1. Gain Executive Commitment.

Step 2. Establish the TSM Steering Committee.

Step 3. Mold the Steering Committee into a Team.

Step 4. Give the Steering Committee Safety and Health Awareness Training.

Step 5. Develop the Organization's Safety and Health Vision and Guiding Principles.

Step 6. Develop the Organization's Safety and Health Mission and Objectives.

Step 7. Communicate and Inform.

Step 8. Identify the Organization's Safety and Health Strengths and Weaknesses.

Step 9. Identify Safety and Health Advocates and Resisters.

Step 10. Identify Initial Employee Perceptions Concerning the Work Environment.

Step 11. Tailoring the Implementation to the Organization.

Step 12. Identify Specific Improvement Projects.

Step 13. Establish, Train, and Activate Improvement Project Teams.

Step 14. Activate the Feedback Loop.

Step 15. Establish a TSM Culture.

Appendix A. Hazard-Prevention Checklist.