Management Principles for Safety and Occupational Health Managers

Non-Fiction - Occupational
79 Pages
Reviewed on 11/12/2017
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Author Biography

Fred Fanning worked for over 20 years as a Safety Professional. He has a peer reviewed book and two chapters published by the American Society of Safety Engineers. Fred has also written several other paperbacks and electronic books on occupational safety and health management. He wrote nearly fifty articles published in various journals and periodicals. Fred is an Emeritus Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a member of the Veterans of Safety. He held the Certified Safety Professional certification from 1995 through 2010. Fred earned master’s degrees from National-Louis University and Webster University.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

Safety Occupational Health Managers have a key role in the work place. They not only ensure health and safety policies within a workplace environment, but help others to understand that part of the responsibility also falls to them. The responsibilities will differ depending on the workplace, but there are aspects which will always relate to all of them. Fred Fanning successfully addresses areas of weakness, and important methods which are often overlooked whilst enforcing key areas, and backing this up with facts and experience. Management Principles for Safety and Occupational Health Managers has many executable, even adaptable, points that if taken to heart can help improve the SOH's communication skills, problem solving skills, and organizational skills, whilst also helping to create a better working relationship with colleagues and give them the insight and knowledge to better utilise the tools at their disposal.

As a Safety and Occupational Health manager for over twenty years, it is safe to assume Fred Fanning knows his stuff. The training he has completed only served to enhance his own methods and applications. Management Principles for Safety and Occupational Health Managers is a collaboration of little known management methods, built from years of experience in seeing what has worked. Mr Fanning also offers the reader reference materials beneficial for traditional management, making this a well rounded resource. It is one of the few guides I have read that not only addresses methods, but behaviour as well. Management Principles for Safety and Occupational Health Managers will be a priceless addition to any workforce knowledge base, and is easily understandable to novice and expert alike. I enjoyed the fact it dealt not only with methods but the more psychological side of things as well, something many manuals such as this often overlook. Filled with useful information and easy to understand, this is a perfect resource for furthering your knowledge and honing your skills.

Jessica Barbosa

Fred Fanning's Management Principles for Safety and Occupational Health Managers is a helpful and easy-to-understand guide for those who wish to succeed in their chosen career path of being a Safety and Occupational Health Manager. It emphasizes the important aspects of the job as a manager, and gives advice on how to handle the different segments of safety and occupational managerial work; from the ABCs of management to stress management with well-researched materials as support.

It's not easy to accumulate and condense twenty years of learning and experiences as a Safety and Occupational Health Manager into one reasonably-sized book, but Fred Fanning has somehow managed to do just that. The information presented in the book is succinctly written, but is clear and easy to understand. It is not an overload of information as some books usually are, but rather it is filled with practical and easy to understand data regarding the important aspects of being a Safety and Occupational Health Manager. It also gives helpful advice so as not to be overwhelmed by the burden of the work.

Fanning's keen perception will definitely help any aspiring managers who wish to do better. He covers the important bases of what Safety and Occupational Managers need to know and expounds his ideas into easy-to-understand essays. Whether you are a novice or an expert manager, this book will be an important addition to your work experience. With every chapter you will find yourself learning something new about your work and, because of it, you will find easier ways to get the job done and success becomes imminent.

Sarah Stuart

Fred Fanning CFM, PMP, LEED GA has had twenty years’ experience in this field of work administration, and his reason for writing Management Principles for Safety and Occupational Health Managers is to impart knowledge gained from that experience rather than facts that can be easily sourced elsewhere, or are likely to be included in training for a management role. Chapter one introduces the ABCs of management, and the subsequent sections cover aspects as broadly based as Risk Management, Public Speaking, and Employees and Emotional Development. Anyone involved in Safety or Occupational Health, or indeed in many other disciplines that entail working as a senior member of staff, would find Management Principles for Safety and Occupational Health Managers a fast-track route to success.

Management Principles for Safety and Occupational Health Managers makes for fascinating and very educational reading. Fred Fanning’s qualifications are impressive: he makes no claim to be a psychologist, but his teachings are rooted in knowing how people tick and why. Knowledge is power, but this is power used not only for readers’ employers, or only indirectly; stress in the workplace leads to mistakes that damage careers, and can even be the cause of marriage break-ups. Fred Fanning gives examples of when accepting a demanding challenge is a plus, and when the stress involved makes it a minus. I ended my reading thinking of the author as “my friend, Fred,” and that is what he will be to any professional seriously intent on climbing the career ladder.