Strategic Planning provides a planned, documented and quantifiable approach for the comprehensive and systematicmanagement of business functions and continuous improvement. WHS Strategic Planning provides the architecture to embed a consistent methodology of managing hazards and risks.
Organisations vary greatly in size and complexity of their operations. This includes the exposure to varying hazards and risks. Irrespective of this, organisations must manage safety issues appropriately and indeed engender a ‘culture’ of safety that is robust and durable.
An organisation’s journey to this culture is often referred to as Safety Maturity. The journey of Safety Culture Maturity engages the philosophies of Professor Patrick Hudson and others to ascribe an organisation’s progress towards cultural maturity - from a basic crisis/highly reactive position where there is little concern for safety, through to a culture where safety is almost invisible, as it is integrated into the natural way things are carried out within the business.
Figure 1 describes the stages defined by Hudson. From left to right an organisation moves from the ‘pathological’ to the ‘generative’ culture. Rules and compliance dominate the first three stages, but as the culture moves towards generative, the rules become more of guidance.
Figure 1: Hudson’s Safety Maturity model
The 5Cs model depicted in Figure 2 correlates the level of harm to the degree of safety maturity.
Organisations have made great leaps over the last decade to document their processes and the associated procedures. Today, organisations are brimming with mapped processes and endless procedures yet the alignment of everyday work practises still lag.The common styles of writing used in documentation create a barrier for people because:
- The information contained is presented in a complicated way
- The style of writing is incompatible with the needs of the user