When considering the role of board members and senior executives it is necessary to consider the corporate governance framework in which they operate. The concept of safety governance is designed to ensure that boards have the tools, knowledge and structures in place to maximise the safety performance of the organisations they govern and lead, beyond mere compliance with relevant safety legislation.
What is Safety Governance?
Safety governance is the relationship between board members and senior executives in the safety leadership of an organisation and provides:
- The structure through which the vision and commitment to safety is set;
- The means of attaining safety objectives are agreed;
- The framework for monitoring performance is established; and
- Compliance with relevant legislation is ensured.
Safety Governance Pathway
Every organisation moves along a continuum as they develop a safety governance framework. It is essential to recognize where your organisation may sit in terms of safety governance maturity in order to influence change progressively and effectively.
To help identify where a board may currently sit in terms of their approach to safety governance, a five stage safety governance pathway has been developed based on research. Please contact us to learn more.
In this brief video, Dr Kirstin Ferguson explains the five stages of safety governance for boards.