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A risk-based system to penalize and reward line management for occupational safety and health performance



A risk-based system to penalize and reward line management for occupational safety and health performance



Occupational Medicine 51(5): 354-356



Penalizing line management for the occurrence of lost time injuries has in some cases had unintended negative consequences. These are discussed. An alternative system is suggested that penalizes line management for accidents where the combination of the probability of recurrence and the maximum reasonable consequences such a recurrence may have exceeds an agreed limit. A reward is given for prompt effective control of the risk to below the agreed risk limit. The reward is smaller than the penalty. High-risk accidents require independent investigation by a safety officer using analytical techniques. Two case examples are given to illustrate the system. Continuous safety improvement is driven by a planned reduction in the agreed risk limit over time and reward for proactive risk assessment and control.

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Accession: 045108161

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PMID: 11473144

DOI: 10.1093/occmed/51.5.354


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