Develop effective safety management policy statements, goals, and objectives.

Course Syllabus

Course Description

A comprehensive study of the essential components needed in developing an effective safety management system. Examines the cultural aspects of integrating total safety management into all levels of an operation.

Course Textbook(s)

Manuele, F. A. (2014). Advanced safety management: Focusing on Z10 and serious injury prevention (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Develop effective safety management policy statements, goals, and objectives. 2. Evaluate how accountability affects performance management in safety management programs. 3. Analyze the importance of clarity in assigning safety-related job tasks. 4. Examine the components of an effective hazard prevention and control system. 5. Apply risk management principles to reduce the impact of workplace hazards. 6. Relate continuous improvement principles to safety management concepts. 7. Examine management tools necessary to implement effective safety management systems.


No prerequisite courses are required by CSU for enrollment in this course.


Upon completion of this course, the students will earn 3 hours of college credit.

Course Structure

1. Study Guide: Course units contain a Study Guide that provides students with the learning outcomes, unit lesson, required reading assignments, and supplemental resources.

2. Learning Outcomes: Each unit contains Learning Outcomes that specify the measurable skills and knowledge students should gain upon completion of the unit.

3. Unit Lesson: Unit Lessons, which are located in the Study Guide, discuss lesson material. 4. Reading Assignments: Units contain Reading Assignments from one or more chapters from the textbook and/or

outside resources. 5. Suggested Reading: Suggested Readings are listed within the Study Guide. Students are encouraged to read the

resources listed if the opportunity arises, but they will not be tested on their knowledge of the Suggested Readings. 6. Learning Activities (Non-Graded): Non-Graded Learning Activities are provided to aid students in their course of

study. 7. Journals: Students are required to submit Journals in Units I-VIII. Journals provide students the opportunity to reflect

critically on course concepts and ideas. Specific information about accessing the Journal rubric is provided below. 8. Unit Assessments: This course contains Unit Assessments, which test student knowledge on important aspects of

the course. These tests may come in many different forms, ranging from multiple choice to written response questions.

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9. Unit Assignments: Students are required to submit for grading Unit Assignments. Specific information and instructions regarding these assignments are provided below. Grading rubrics are included with each assignment. Specific information about accessing these rubrics is provided below.

10. Ask the Professor: This communication forum provides students with an opportunity to ask their professor general questions or questions related to course content.

11. Student Break Room: This communication forum allows for casual conversation with other classmates.

CSU Online Library

The CSU Online Library is available to support your courses and programs. The online library includes databases, journals, e-books, and research guides. These resources are always accessible and can be reached through the library webpage. To access the library, log into the myCSU Student Portal, and click on “CSU Online Library.” You can also access the CSU Online Library from the “My Library” button on the course menu for each course in Blackboard.

The CSU Online Library offers several reference services. E-mail ( and telephone (1.877.268.8046) assistance is available Monday – Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. The library’s chat reference service, Ask a Librarian, is available 24/7; look for the chat box on the online library page.

Librarians can help you develop your research plan or assist you in finding relevant, appropriate, and timely information. Reference requests can include customized keyword search strategies, links to articles, database help, and other services.

Unit Assignments

Unit III Scholarly Activity

You were recently hired as an Occupational Safety and Health consultant for Gemstone Fabricators, which is a medium sized manufacturing facility that makes stainless steel counters, containers, and carts for the food prep and restaurant industries. Several years ago, Gemstone decided it wanted to become an OSHA VPP site. It also wants to send the application to OSHA in the upcoming year. Further, there is a keen interest to align with the ANSI/AIHA Z10 standard.

In going through the application submission materials, you noticed something that threw up a red flag, however. Although there was an accountability requirement specified in front-line workers’ performance evaluation documentation for safety performance, there was no such requirement in the performance evaluation documentation for supervisors, managers, or executives. Your discussions with employees also suggest that, although the employer wants the front-line workers to be heavily involved in the safety effort, they are not always sure exactly what they are supposed to be doing to help move the company’s safety programs forward.

Another issue that concerns you is that the effort to implement a safety and health management systems approach appears to be somewhat piecemeal. You are finding it difficult to identify a clear Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to continuous improvement.

Please compose a two-page document for your client to include your evaluation of these deficiencies along with an explanation of the significance of these problems in relation to the safety and health management systems approach. Your goal is to help the employer understand why these issues need to be attended to prior to submitting your application. In your response, be sure to do the following things:

Include an introduction that establishes the issues and provides necessary background information. Assess the importance of establishing safety accountability measures for managers, employees, and safety professionals. Appraise the assignment of safety-related job tasks. Apply the Plan-Do-Check-Act framework to resolve a safety deficiency.

Your paper must be a minimum of two pages, and it should be in APA format. You must use a minimum of one scholarly resource. Any information from this source should be cited and referenced in accordance with APA guidelines.

Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.

Unit IV Project

Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment Project

Be sure to read all of the instructions. There are two documents to be prepared and submitted.

1. Following steps 1-11 of the Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment Guide in the course textbook (pp. 171-174), develop a risk assessment for a serious workplace hazard with which you are familiar, or use Addendum D to Chapter 11 (pp. 202-206) to help you select a hazard. Evaluate the hazard and its associated risks, and then complete the Hazard Analysis and Risk Analysis Project form (click here to access this form). To complete the Initial Risk Assessment and Post Control Risk Assessment sections, use the following codes based on the Risk Assessment Matrix in Table 11.10 (p. 180) of the textbook:

SEVERITY: 1 – Catastrophic

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2 – Critical 3 – Marginal 4 – Negligible

PROBABILITY (Likelihood of Occurrence): A – Frequent B – Probable C – Occasional D – Remote E – Improbable

RISK CODE: H – High S – Serious M – Medium L – Low

All sections of the form must be completed. Note that the “Post Control Risk Assessment Measures” section reflects the risk assessment AFTER applying the additional control measures.

2. In a separate document of at least one page, explain the reasoning behind how you filled out each section of the form. How would the control measures affect the assessment? You must use at least your textbook for this assignment, and other resources may be used as needed.

Upload both the completed form and the discussion document. Be sure that the discussion document is in APA format with a title page and a reference page and any information from a resource is properly cited in APA format.

Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.

Unit V Article Review

In the CSU Online Library go to the ABI/Inform Collection database and perform a publication search for “professional safety.” This should take you to a page where you can perform a search from within the publication itself. Perform an additional search within the publication using “return on investment” as a search term. Click here for instructions on how to do this.

Select an article that deals with considering return on investment when deciding upon the implementation of hazard controls.

Write a review of the article that includes the following items:

a brief introduction to the article, a summary and analysis of the key points in the article, a discussion related to the concept of return on investment considerations for advocating the implementation of appropriate controls, and a summary of the article’s conclusions and your own opinions.

The assignment must be in APA format and at least two pages in length, not including title and reference pages.

Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.

Unit VI Essay

In this unit, you have learned about reducing risks through safety design. For this assignment, you will further explore that topic. Compose an essay in which you summarize the fundamentals of the safety design review process, systems safety, and prevention by design. In your essay, you should address the following issues:

Describe the safety design review process. Explain the role and importance of safety in a safety management system. Discuss how these concepts inter-relate with the safety management systems approach.

Your essay must be a minimum of two pages, and it should use standard essay format with an introduction, body, and a conclusion. You must use a minimum of two scholarly sources in addition to your textbook. Any information from these sources should be cited and referenced in APA format, and your paper should be formatted in accordance to APA guidelines.

Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.

Unit VIII Course Project

1. Conduct an audit of the following safety management system elements at your organization or an organization with which you are familiar and have access to the required information:


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1. Occupational Health and Safety Management System 3.1.1 8

2. Occupational Health and Safety Policy 3.1.2 8

3. Responsibility and Authority 3.1.3 8

4. Employee Participation 3.2 8

5. Review Process, Assessment, and Prioritization 4.1, 4.2 9

6. Risk Assessment 5.1.1 11

7. Hierarchy of Controls 5.1.2 14

8. Design Review 5.1.3 15

9. Management of Change 5.1.3 19

10. Procurement 5.1.4 20

11. Monitoring and Measurement 6.1 21

12. Incident Investigation 6.2 22

13. Audits 6.3 23

14. Corrective and Preventive Actions 6.4 23

15. Feedback to the Planning Process 6.5 23

16. Management Review 7.1, 7.2 24

Below you will find some suggested sources for the objective evidence to support your evaluation:

Documents: Organizational safety manuals and instructions, safe operating procedures, and job hazard analyses Records: E-mails or letters from management to employees, safety meeting minutes, mishap logs, audit reports, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations, inspection reports, risk assessments, and training records Interviews: Management personnel, supervisors, and employees Observation: Walk through some workplaces to observe conditions for yourself.

2. For each management system element, discuss the objective evidence you found or were unable to find. Evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s implementation of each element against available reference sources and best practice information. Use the following four-tier evaluation scheme to rate each element:

World Class: OHS performance Strong: Conforming/complete, may have minor gaps with action plans Moderate: Scattered non-conformances need to be addressed, positive trends/major elements in place Limited: Multiple or significant systemic non-conformances exist.

Appropriate references include the course textbook; textbooks from other college-level courses; ANSI/AIHA Z10-2012; other published consensus standards like ANSI, ASSE, AIHA, ISO, and NFPA; OSHA standards and voluntary guidelines; and articles published in professional journals. Blogs, Wikipedia,,, and other unmonitored Internet resources are not considered scholarly references and should not be used. Please contact your professor if you have any questions about the appropriateness of a source.

3. If an element is found to be less than World Class, provide recommendations for improvement. Be sure to use appropriate scholarly sources to support your recommendations.

4. Provide a summary of the overall status of the organization’s safety management system and comment on the degree of alignment between the safety management system and other management system efforts utilized at the facility.

The Unit VIII Course Project must be a minimum of seven pages and a maximum of 10 pages in length, not including the title and reference pages. A minimum of five professional sources must be used.

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Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.

APA Guidelines

The application of the APA writing style shall be practical, functional, and appropriate to each academic level, with the primary purpose being the documentation (citation) of sources. CSU requires that students use APA style for certain papers and projects. Students should always carefully read and follow assignment directions and review the associated grading rubric when available. Students can find CSU’s Citation Guide by clicking here. This document includes examples and sample papers and provides information on how to contact the CSU Success Center.

Grading Rubrics

This course utilizes analytic grading rubrics as tools for your professor in assigning grades for all learning activities. Each rubric serves as a guide that communicates the expectations of the learning activity and describes the criteria for each level of achievement. In addition, a rubric is a reference tool that lists evaluation criteria and can help you organize your efforts to meet the requirements of that learning activity. It is imperative for you to familiarize yourself with these rubrics because these are the primary tools your professor uses for assessing learning activities.

Rubric categories include: (1) Journal, (2) Assessment (Written Response), and (3) Assignment. However, it is possible that not all of the listed rubric types will be used in a single course (e.g., some courses may not have Assessments).

The Journal rubric can be found within Unit I’s Journal submission instructions.

The Assessment (Written Response) rubric can be found embedded in a link within the directions for each Unit Assessment. However, these rubrics will only be used when written-response questions appear within the Assessment.

Each Assignment type (e.g., article critique, case study, research paper) will have its own rubric. The Assignment rubrics are built into Blackboard, allowing students to review them prior to beginning the Assignment and again once the Assignment has been scored. This rubric can be accessed via the Assignment link located within the unit where it is to be submitted. Students may also access the rubric through the course menu by selecting “Tools” and then “My Grades.”

Again, it is vitally important for you to become familiar with these rubrics because their application to your Journals, Assessments, and Assignments is the method by which your instructor assigns all grades.

Communication Forums

These are non-graded discussion forums that allow you to communicate with your professor and other students. Participation in these discussion forums is encouraged, but not required. You can access these forums with the buttons in the Course Menu. Instructions for subscribing/unsubscribing to these forums are provided below.

Once you have completed Unit VIII, you MUST unsubscribe from the forum; otherwise, you will continue to receive e-mail updates from the forum. You will not be able to unsubscribe after your course end date.

Click here for instructions on how to subscribe/unsubscribe and post to the Communication Forums.

Ask the Professor

This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or course content questions. Questions may focus on Blackboard locations of online course components, textbook or course content elaboration, additional guidance on assessment requirements, or general advice from other students.

Questions that are specific in nature, such as inquiries regarding assessment/assignment grades or personal accommodation requests, are NOT to be posted on this forum. If you have questions, comments, or concerns of a non- public nature, please feel free to e-mail your professor. Responses to your post will be addressed or e-mailed by the professor within 48 hours.

Before posting, please ensure that you have read all relevant course documentation, including the syllabus, assessment/assignment instructions, faculty feedback, and other important information.

Student Break Room

This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates. Communication on this forum should always maintain a standard of appropriateness and respect for your fellow classmates. This forum should NOT be used to share assessment answers.


The following pages contain a printable Course Schedule to assist you through this course. By following this schedule, you

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will be assured that you will complete the course within the time allotted.

Unit I Introduction to Safety Management Systems [ Weight: 10% ]

Read/View: Unit I Study Guide Chapter 1: Overview of ANSI/AIHA Z10-2012 Chapter 2: Achieving Acceptable Risk Levels: The Operational Goal

Submit: Unit I Journal Unit I Assessment

2% 8%

Unit II Serious Injury Prevention and Human Error Reduction [ Weight: 10% ]

Read/View: Unit II Study Guide Chapter 3: Innovations in Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention Chapter 4: Human Error Avoidance and Reduction Chapter 5: Macro Thinking: The Socio-Technical Model

Submit: Unit II Journal Unit II Assessment

2% 8%

Unit III Planning, Leadership, and Employee Involvement [ Weight: 12% ]

Read/View: Unit III Study Guide Chapter 6: Safety Professionals as Culture Change Agents Chapter 7: The Plan-Do-Check-Act Concept (PDCA) Chapter 8: Management Leadership and Employee Participation: Section 3.0 of Z10 Chapter 9: Planning: Section 4.0 of Z10 Chapter 10: Implementation and Operation: Section 5.0 of Z10

Submit: Unit III Journal Unit III Scholarly Activity

2% 10%

Unit IV Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment [ Weight: 12% ]

Read/View: Unit IV Study Guide Chapter 11: A Primer on Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment: Sections 4.2 and 5.1.1 of Z10 Chapter 12: Provisions for Risk Assessments in Standards and Guidelines: Sections 4.2 and 5.1.1 of Z10

Submit: Unit IV Journal Unit IV Project

2% 10%

Unit V Controlling Hazards and Risks [ Weight: 19% ]

Read/View: Unit V Study Guide Chapter 14: Hierarchy of Controls: Section 5.1.2 of Z10

Submit: Unit V Journal Unit V Assessment Unit V Article Review

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Unit VI Reducing Risks Through the Design Process [ Weight: 11% ]

Read/View: Unit VI Study Guide Chapter 15: Safety Design Reviews: Section 5.1.3 of Z10 Chapter 16: Prevention Through Design: Sections 5.1.1 to 5.1.4 of Z10 Chapter 17: A Primer on System Safety: Sections 4.0, 4.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, and Appendix F

Submit: Unit VI Journal Unit VI Essay

2% 9%

Unit VII Integrating Safety Management and Operational Management [ Weight: 10% ]

Read/View: Unit VII Study Guide Chapter 18: Lean Concepts – Emphasizing the Design Process: Section 5.1.3 of Z10 Chapter 19: Management of Change: Section 5.1.3 of Z10 Chapter 20: The Procurement Process: Section 5.1.4 of Z10

Submit: Unit VII Journal Unit VII Assessment

2% 8%

Unit VIII Auditing and Management Review [ Weight: 16% ]

Read/View: Unit VIII Study Guide Chapter 21: Evaluation and Corrective Action: Sction 6.0 of Z10 Chapter 22: Incident Investigation: Section 6.2 of Z10 Chapter 23: Audit Requirements: Section 6.3 of Z10 Chapter 24: Management Review: Section 7.0 of Z10

Submit: Unit VIII Journal Unit VIII Course Project

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  • BOS 3651, Total Environmental Health and Safety Management
  • Course Syllabus
    • Course Description
    • Course Textbook(s)
    • Course Learning Outcomes
    • Prerequisite(s)
    • Credits
    • Course Structure
    • CSU Online Library
    • Unit Assignments
      • Unit III Scholarly Activity
      • Unit IV Project
      • Unit V Article Review
      • Unit VI Essay
      • Unit VIII Course Project
    • APA Guidelines
    • Grading Rubrics
    • Communication Forums
    • Schedule/Grading

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