Human factors briefing note no. 18 – Leadership

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  • Published: July 2011
  • REF/ISBN: 9780852936085-18
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Status: New

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Process safety leadership – leadership entails influencing and directing others within the organisation and is distinct from‘management’. Leaders can work at any level in the organisation. Leaders use the framework provided by the safety management systems to plan, deliver, monitor and review process safety initiatives and activities. Leaders have a strong influence on the safety culture of an organisation.

Why leadership? The illusion of leadership

Recent events across a range of major hazard industries show that there is a need for health and safety to be led from the very top of an organisation. In some organisations, good procedures and management structures appeared on paper to be in place, but on closer examination those at the Board level were found to be either uninterested in health and safety issues, ill-equipped to deal with such issues, believed they had health and safety under control but were measuring the wrong things, or in some other way failed to take a positive lead on safety.

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