Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Flashback: Ted Ferry on Policies, Procedures & Performance

Back in 2006, ASSE's Professional Safety celebrated its 50th anniversary by sharing articles from older issues of the journal, many written by pioneers in the field. Over the next few months, EHS Works will be posting one of those articles to offer a look back in time at how the SH&E profession has developed and evolved.

This post highlights "Three Ps in Safety: Policies, Procedures & Performance," by Ted S. Ferry, an ASSE Fellow who was instrumental in the Society's early efforts to accredit safety degree programs. The article was originally published in November 1976. Check it out here.
"It can be said that all levels of management interact for both good and bad performance, with the poor performance likely to result in accidents. The safety person seeking to promote safe performance needs to understand the management hierarchy and its language."
--Ted Ferry, 1976