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Safety Management Systems

Safety Management Systems are made of a Safety Management Plan and Safe Operational Procedures underpinned and driven by a positive Safety Culture. 

Safety Management Plan

A Safety Management Plan is the written version of your safety systems. Its value is primarily determined by the amount of collective thinking that drives its content and the degree it is followed by everyone in your team. To be effective, it must be constantly reviewed and adjusted to reflect learnings from your own operation and the wider industry. A well considered and effective plan provides a key opportunity to reinforce your own commitment to safety.

Your plan needs to reflect industry good practice for running your activity. For information on good practice go the section on 'Activity Specific Good Practice '

Although most of the content on this site is focused on helping you to develop your plan, it is crucial to recognise that for your plan to be effective it must be supported by a positive safety culture.

A Positive Safety Culture

A positive safety culture is the principle on which all other safety aspects are founded. Driven and sustained by committed leaders, it is characterised by full buy-in to your systems and procedures, with every individual taking personal responsibility for the welfare of their visitors, other team members and themselves.

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Operational Areas

These pages contain guidance on how to manage safety in each of the main operational areas.

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The Big Picture

These pages contain guidance on how to write and structure your plan. They include a SMP template, information on what usually gets covered in SOPs and how to check your systems once they are developed e.g. internal reviews and external audits.

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Support From the Field

Go here to see examples of how operators have structured their plans, read what they have to say about what’s working for them, and see examples of useful forms and checklists.