Improving safety management skills of the comprehensive school managers
Anna-Maria Teperi1, Essi Ryymin2
1 Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
2 HAMK University of Applied Sciences
  • Purpose. This paper describes, how safety management tools originally used in aviation (Teperi, 2012), were further developed and applied in schools of the city of Helsinki in co-operation of education department and occupational health care. Schools nowadays suffer from violence and disturbance, which weaken occupational health and safety of the personnel.
  • Design/Methodology. The members of the board of executives (n=550, principals and assisting vice principals) of 101 schools participated in an one day safety management coaching which included theoretical introduction and analyzing safety critical cases of their own school. For analysis, we designed a safety management workbook, which included human factor (HF) tool (Teperi et al, 2013; Teperi 2014).

  • Results. Feedback was collected from the participants and the key persons of the education department during and after the coaching. According to the feedback, participants found training and practical tools for solving safety issues very beneficial in their every-day-work.

  • Limitations. Empirical data was not systematically collected, thus missing follow up of the usage of the applied safety management tools.

  • Practical Implications. The occupational safety experts of the education department continued implementation of other safety management procedures, e.g. ‘Recovery tool’ to be used after the incidents in schools. Schools as well as other working environments which face social pressures and workload (e.g. social welfare) could utilize these safety management tools to improve their skills of resilience.

  • Originality/Value. The safety management models and techniques, originally used in safety critical organizations, could be further applied in working environments which face risks of occupational safety.

Anna-Maria Teperi
15. Occupational and organizational safety
Oral presentation
RC Oslo Hall C
Friday, 22 May
12:45 - 13:00