Any action for which there is no logical explanation will be deemed ‘‘company policy’’.
(‘‘Second Law of the Corporation’’)
Broadly speaking, the objective of safety management is to ensure that activities such as ship operations, for example, are carried out safely and efficiently. Safety management should therefore be seen as an essential and integral element of the overall management system of an organization. This chapter will examine some important aspects of safety management and safety management systems. This should only be considered as an introduction to the topic, as safety management is a large and complex field of study that could itself be the subject of a whole book.