SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY:
INTEGRATING PERSPECTIVES
Professor Mark Griffin
Centre for Safety - The University of Western Aus...
Overview
• Moral foundations
• Cost benefits
• Optimal design
• Good management
Dynamic safety capability
SAFETY
PRODUCTIVITY
MORAL FOUNDATION
SAFETY
PRODUCTIVITY
Safety more
important than
money
Moral foundations
• Positives
– Civil society
– Basis for common law
• Negatives
– Limited mechanism for resolving conflic...
ECONOMIC COST
SAFETY
PRODUCTIVITY
Increased compliance
and maintenance
costs
Reduced injury
and accident
costs
Cost benefit
• Positives
– Makes a business case for safety
– Allows evaluation of competing goals
• Negatives
– Safety de...
Optimal design
SAFETY
PRODUCTIVITY Optimization
Optimal design
• Positives
– Removes immediate danger
– Fundamental change to hazards
• Negatives
– Unforeseen consequence...
Safetyincidentrate
Evidence-based management practices
GOOD MANAGEMENT
High
Performance
Work Systems
SAFETY
PRODUCTIVITY
High
Performance
Safety Systems
Good management
• Positives
– More holistic view of safety
– Good use of resources
• Negatives
– Serendipity
– Mechanisms ...
Organisational
Capital
Innovation
Dynamic safety
Productivity
FITNESS TO OPERATE
Human Capital
Safety skills and
expertise
Work skills and
qualifications
Working
safely
Process safety
...
SAFETY CAPITAL
E.g. Team passes system
knowledge to new members
E.g. Proactive people
create safety culture
DYNAMIC SAFETY...
All perspectives
shed light on
safety capability
Safety capability
drives innovation
and productivity
Management
Design
Co...
Thank you
Professor Mark Griffin
Centre For Safety
University of Western Australia
Mark.griffin@uwa.edu.au
Prof Mark Griffin - University of Western Australia - How can organisational safety contribute to productivity and innovat...
Prof Mark Griffin - University of Western Australia - How can organisational safety contribute to productivity and innovat...
Prof Mark Griffin - University of Western Australia - How can organisational safety contribute to productivity and innovat...
Prof Mark Griffin - University of Western Australia - How can organisational safety contribute to productivity and innovat...
Prof Mark Griffin - University of Western Australia - How can organisational safety contribute to productivity and innovat...
Prof Mark Griffin - University of Western Australia - How can organisational safety contribute to productivity and innovat...
Prof Mark Griffin - University of Western Australia - How can organisational safety contribute to productivity and innovat...
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Mark Griffin delivered the presentation at the 2014 Perth Safety in Action Conference.

The 2014 Perth Safety in Action Conference focused on enhancing compliance, productivity and affordability for big and small business. Highlights included an international keynote address from Neville Rockhouse, the Safety and Training Manager for Pike River Coal in New Zealand.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.safetyinaction.com.au/SIAPerth14

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Prof Mark Griffin - University of Western Australia - How can organisational safety contribute to productivity and innovation?

  1. 1. SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY: INTEGRATING PERSPECTIVES Professor Mark Griffin Centre for Safety - The University of Western Australia
  2. 2. Overview • Moral foundations • Cost benefits • Optimal design • Good management Dynamic safety capability
  3. 3. SAFETY PRODUCTIVITY
  4. 4. MORAL FOUNDATION SAFETY PRODUCTIVITY Safety more important than money
  5. 5. Moral foundations • Positives – Civil society – Basis for common law • Negatives – Limited mechanism for resolving conflict – Doesn’t reflect actual conflicts
  6. 6. ECONOMIC COST SAFETY PRODUCTIVITY Increased compliance and maintenance costs Reduced injury and accident costs
  7. 7. Cost benefit • Positives – Makes a business case for safety – Allows evaluation of competing goals • Negatives – Safety defined in negative terms – Focus on short term financials
  8. 8. Optimal design SAFETY PRODUCTIVITY Optimization
  9. 9. Optimal design • Positives – Removes immediate danger – Fundamental change to hazards • Negatives – Unforeseen consequences – Human expertise undervalued
  10. 10. Safetyincidentrate Evidence-based management practices
  11. 11. GOOD MANAGEMENT High Performance Work Systems SAFETY PRODUCTIVITY High Performance Safety Systems
  12. 12. Good management • Positives – More holistic view of safety – Good use of resources • Negatives – Serendipity – Mechanisms not articulated
  13. 13. Organisational Capital Innovation Dynamic safety Productivity
  14. 14. FITNESS TO OPERATE Human Capital Safety skills and expertise Work skills and qualifications Working safely Process safety skills Emergency response skills Personal Skills Personal attributes Interpersonal skills Social Capital Safety culture Error management culture Just and fair culture Learning and flexible culture Team processes Safety motivation Team communication Team leadership Organisational Capital Processes and routines Safety critical activities Emergency response Investigation systems Learning procedures Change management Risk management HR systems Recruitment and selection Training and competence systems Performance management systems Safety leadership systems Contractor management systems Information systems Monitoring systems Reporting systems Communication systems Contractor management
  15. 15. SAFETY CAPITAL E.g. Team passes system knowledge to new members E.g. Proactive people create safety culture DYNAMIC SAFETY CAPABILITY Manage uncertainty and interdependence in complex systems ORGANISATIONAL CAPITAL HRM systems Processes and routines Information systems SOCIAL CAPITAL Safety Culture Team processes HUMAN CAPITAL Safety expertise Personal skills
  16. 16. All perspectives shed light on safety capability Safety capability drives innovation and productivity Management Design Cost benefit
  17. 17. Thank you Professor Mark Griffin Centre For Safety University of Western Australia Mark.griffin@uwa.edu.au

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