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Course 716 - Safety Management System Evaluation

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Course 716 Certificate
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Modules: 5
Hours: 3
Sector: General Industry

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The Safety and Health Management System is extremely important to the long-term success of an organization. This course will introduce you to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Audit process by discussing an audit process similar to that used by OSHA evaluators. Even if your company doesn't anticipate participating in the SHARP program, the information within this online course is vital in your efforts to improve the quality of your safety management system.

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Key Topics

  • Safety Management System Concepts, Principles, and Elements
  • Baseline Surveys
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Conducting Inspections
  • 5-Why Analysis
  • Cause and Effect (Fishbone) Diagrams
  • Safety Management System Evaluation Principles

Target Audience

  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



In this course, you will learn how to identify, analyze and evaluate your company's Safety & Health Program. With the advent of the systems approach to safety management, safety professionals are increasingly calling their comprehensive safety program a "safety management system (SMS)." This is the term you will see throughout the course. Any reference to "system" refers to the SMS.

The Safety and Health Management System is extremely important to the long-term success of your organization. This course will show you how to analyze and evaluate your safety management system by discussing the various steps in the process used by OSHA consultants to assess companies participating in the Safety and Health Achievement Program (SHARP) evaluation process. Even if your company doesn't anticipate participating in this program, the information within this online course may be very helpful in your effort to improve your SMS.

To better understand the concept of "system," we'll review the four primary system components in every system. We'll also examine how an organization's management structure, leadership style and the resulting safety culture impact the seven elements of a safety management system.

Course Goals

  1. Understand the following concepts: analysis, evaluation, surface cause, root cause, and system.
  2. Gain a better understanding of safety and health programs as systems.
  3. Learn about the SHARP evaluation model as a tool to evaluate your safety management system.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Safety Management System (SMS) Basics
  2. Analyzing the SMS
  3. Cause Analysis
  4. Evaluating the SMS
  5. Introduction to OSHA SHARP
  6. NOTE: OPTIONAL Modules 6-12 and quizzes are for reference only. These modules introduce the student to the standard 58 elements within the OSHA SHARP and can be a valuable tool in evaluating your SMS for any purpose. This material will not be on the final exam.

  7. Hazard Anticipation and Detection
  8. Hazard Prevention and Control
  9. Planning and Evaluations
  10. Administration and Supervision
  11. Safety & Health Training
  12. Management Leadership
  13. Employee Participation

Course 716 Final Exam

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After studying the course material and answering the quiz questions, it is time to take the final exam. We highly recommend answering the module quiz questions to check your understanding of the course material. The final exam questions are typically developed from these quiz questions.

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