Safety Management Systems


The aim of a safety management system (or process safety management system) is to provide a management framework that can be used to drive the performance of all aspects of (process) safety. The structure of a SMS typically contains the following components:




The typical elements in a traditional SMS or a process safety management system (PSMS) may include



PSMS (eg CCPS model)

Leadership , Organisation  and Accountability

Process Safety Culture

Planning, Objectives and Targets

Compliance with Standards

Hazard and Risk Management

Process Safety Competency

Incident Management

Workforce Involvement

Communication, Consultation and Documentation

Stakeholder Outreach

Training, Competency and Workforce Fitness

Process Knowledge Management

Emergency Management

Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis

Contractor Management

Operating Procedures

Asset Integrity Management

Safe Work Practices

Performance Monitoring

Asset Integrity and Reliability


Contractor Management

Change Management

Training and Performance Assurance


Management of Change


Operational Readiness


Conduct of Operations


Emergency Management


Incident Investigation


Measurement and Metrics




Management Review and Continuous Improvement


Each element requires the following content:

  • Responsibility

  • Objective

  • Systems in place to achieve objective

  • Monitoring in place to ensure systems are working

  • Processes to close the loop


Safety Solutions has extensive experience in safety management systems and can offer the following services:

  • SMS Framework development

  • SMS Gap Analysis (against a defined standard)

  • Procedure development – Safety Solutions has developed systems across many process safety elements including:

    • Hazard ID

    • Risk Assessment

    • Management of change

    • Incident Investigation

    • Permit to work

    • Emergency response

    • Alarm management

    • Instrumented protective functions/ functional safety

    • Plant design

    • Operational readiness

    • Training and Performance Assurance

    • Process Safety Competency

    • Measurement and Metrics