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Organizational framework

This chapter focuses upon the consideration which needs to be given to

establishing an effective organizational framework to underpin successful

health and safety management. Contracting organizations, like organizations

in many other business sectors, have had to respond to considerable changes

within their respective marketplace. In so doing, many have established man-

agement systems in response to particular demands, such as quality assurance,

environmental· impact and, indeed, health and safety. It is not uncommon

for the term 'system' to be confused with 'management'. In this chapter the

concept of the organization establishing a parent management system and

specific management concepts being the subsystem functions, of which health

and safety is one important function, is presented. The chapter provides

the basis for appreciating the fundamental aspects and issues associated with

organizational framework and sets the scene for considering management

structure and health and safety management system development.