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Design for safety : a case study at a university examining congruency and integration Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework to enhance the redesign of a safety system. To identify the limitations of the current safety system, the concepts of congruency and integration of the safety function within a specific university environment were examined through a case study methodology. An emphasis was placed on the use of models from business and management literature for both the examination of the concepts and the subsequent development of the conceptual framework for the redesign. The researcher emphasized the use of multiple data sources in this study. These sources included: observations, documents, and interviews. A model from French and Bell (1990) was used to examine congruency which included interviewing two stakeholders associated with executive driven planned organizational change processes as well as the safety manager. A perception survey, as suggested by Petersen (1994), was developed and used as part of the examination of safety system integration and administered to twenty interviewees along with the safety manager. The findings provided evidence of gaps which may be hindering the success of the safety function within the organization. By examining organizational direction and comparing those findings to the findings representing the direction of the safety function, gaps in congruency were found. Integration gaps were discovered, in part, through examination of the safety process input, as described by the safety manager, as well as the safety process output as viewed by "customers" of the safety process. Countermeasures to close gaps were discovered in the research and later synthesized into a redesigned conceptual framework. The framework emphasized customer service, a systems approach, and a process perspective as an alternative to the legacy of a traditional, compliance driven safety system found to be in current use.
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