Applying Military Strategies to OHS

Managing health and safety

For those of you who don’t like the idea of applying military principles to health and safety management by imposing a merciless, prescriptive hierarchical culture, don’t worry. That is really not what this book is about.  For thousands of years, the military world has by far been the most advanced in terms of strategy, and we have much to learn from it when it comes to preventing work accidents.

Strategy must include the knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all players within our organizations, a recurring problem in health and safety systems. The unity of command inherent to military strategies has much to teach us in this regard for the coordinated execution of the roles and responsibilities of the various players within our companies.  In war, two armies face off in battle. When it comes to health and safety, we face a completely different enemy. Who is this enemy?

Risks and hazards. Well hidden within the walls of our companies, they lie in wait, ready to injure or even kill our employees if we don’t get a proper handle on them.

Do you have an effective strategy against risks and hazards? Could it be made better, more effective, better understood, and better implemented?

That is what we talk about in this book. Losing the war is not an option. This book can help. Marc-André Ferron


In this book:
Chapter 1 – Building Your Strategy

Chapter 1 examines the importance of adopting a health and safety strategy based on the 20% of efforts that produce 80% of the results. The reason is simple: the two strengths that allow you to implement your strategy—time and money—are limited. This is why every dollar and every minute must be used in a way that gives them as much weight as possible.

Chapter 2 – Strategy, Roles and Responsibilities

If people don't properly understand or fulfil their role, we feel (and rightly so!) as if we are being thrown into chaos. This chapter explains the importance of each player's roles and responsibilities in implementing the strategy.

Chapter 3 – Health and Safety Mobilization and Leadership

What good is the best prevention strategy in the world if no one takes ownership of it or puts it into practice? It's useless. This chapter shows you several ways to avoid this situation.

Chapter 4 – Communicating Your Strategy

How many problems in your organization are related to communication? Thousands, most likely, and health and safety are no exception. All too often, we assume that once something has been communicated, it has been understood. This chapter will help you avoid this significant mistake.

Chapter 5 – Adjusting Your Strategy

You have implemented the proper strategy and the results speak for themselves. Why may this strategy not be the one you need next year? Simply because your organization's environment and reality change. Budgets are tighter, new products are developed, new equipment is installed, etc. You must be able to adapt to this reality continuously.

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