Safety is an important aspect of everyday business operations. It can have an impact on the operations of an enterprise as well as the wellbeing of the workers. Literature shows that SMEs face extra problems in this area due to limited resources and lack of knowledge. A potential accident on the premises, in many cases, has devastating consequences. SMEs make up the vast majority of private companies in the EU and beyond. Despite the importance of the issue, the information found in literature is scattered and often not aimed at SMEs. This book aims to gather the latest information and become the full reference point for designing and adopting an appropriate safety strategy for SMEs.

chapter 1|3 pages


Contributor(s):George Boustras, Frank W. Guldenmund

chapter 2|23 pages

Risk Assessment

Getting the ‘Big Picture’
Contributor(s):Matilde A. Rodrigues, Pedro Arezes, Celina Pinto Leão, George Boustras, Frank W. Guldenmund

chapter 3|26 pages

Safety Management

Contributor(s):George Boustras, Athanasios Hadjimanolis, Cleo Varianou-Mikellidou, Frank W. Guldenmund

chapter 4|37 pages

Safety Performance in an SME Environment

Contributor(s):Anca Mutu, Frank W. Guldenmund, Pieter Van Gelder, George Boustras, Frank W. Guldenmund

chapter 5|27 pages

Safety Climate of Small-to-Medium Enterprises

Contributor(s):Stephanie C. Payne, Mindy E. Bergman, Nathanael L. Keiser, Xiaohong Xu, George Boustras, Frank W. Guldenmund

chapter 6|21 pages

Competences for a Culture of Prevention

Conditions for Learning and Change in SMEs
Contributor(s):Ulrike Bollmann, George Boustras, Frank W. Guldenmund

chapter 7|23 pages


A Special Case
Contributor(s):Athanasios Hadjimanolis, George Boustras, Frank W. Guldenmund

chapter 8|30 pages

Monitoring and Modifying a Safety Management System

Contributor(s):Frank W. Guldenmund, Merlijn Mikkers, George Boustras

chapter 9|16 pages

Risk Communication in SMEs

Contributor(s):Nicholas Paris, Jan Gutteling, George Boustras, Frank W. Guldenmund