Implementing Safety Management Systems (Stakeholder Alignment)

There has been considerable investment in New Zealand into the development of Safety Management Systems (SMS), however, most of the developed programs have not yet been implemented. SMSs are a strategy to achieve a systematic approach to improving road safety. This paper explores how to change the culture of the involved stakeholder organizations to achieve alignment with the purpose or aim of each SMS. The author focuses on the concept of change management in organizations, discussing the direct and indirect stakeholders, stakeholder roles, and stakeholder alignment with the road safety strategies. The author discusses each of the eight principles for purposeful alignment in the context of road safety: success starts with clarity of purpose; alignment transforms energy into effectiveness, respect is the beginning of understanding, curiosity is the beginning of all difference, flexibility is the beginning of freedom, education is the key to releasing potential, none of us is as smart as all of us, and be thorough and relenting with issues (Molden and Symes, 1999). One example is explored in more detail: Contractors Safety Intervention Plan (SIP). The author concludes that the successful implementation of an SMS requires considerable time and effort beyond the production of the document.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Transportation Group. Technical Conference Papers 2003

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01052096
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2007 8:46AM