About Management Review and Occupational Safety and Health

No corporation can escape the need for management review. If an organisation is like a car, management review is like sending it to the workshop to check for faulty parts and systems. Just like when your mechanic points out what’s wrong and fix it, management review should be similar. For companies involved in heavy or risky industries, regular reviews need to be conducted to maintain the level of safety.

Generally speaking, management review is a process of reviewing the organisation’s management system, programmes and performance by the top-level management. The senior management will compare operations with performance and effectiveness.

Management Review Committees conduct these reviews. Ideally, the management review committee should be made up of decision makers in the company, occupational safety and health practitioners and specialists, as well as necessary representatives of other relevant parties what would be affected by its decision.

Management review is NOT a process of fault-finding and finger pointing. The outcome should be increased productivity rather than a demoralised workforce. As you may realise, unmotivated workers affects the productivity of the organisation as a whole.

This Management Review Committee should act in the best interests of both the employers and employees. People responsible in formulating should not be a member of the committee – no person should be the judge of her own cause. Any biasness shown can affect the committee’s credibility in the eyes of the stakeholders.

So, why are management reviews important?

  • · To make sure the company complies with its own occupational safety and health policies;
  • · To aid in deciding the necessary changes to meet its internal policies.

With ever changing industrial landscape plus new and better practices, a company that does not review risk falling behind in terms of safety. Others that keep up would see productivity increasing, not to mention a sustained boost in employee confidence. Who does not want to work with people who actually cares?

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