Human Resources Risk Management
Frederick Taylor's connection to the safety movement
Frederick Taylor, commonly known as the “father of scientific management” is a prominent figure in the historical development of Human Resource Management and particularly safety in the workplace (Goetsch, 2011). Taylor’s work, which dates back to around 1900, was mainly focused on manufacturing efficiency. Taylor’s work created a connection between the time personnel lose and management policies and procedures. It is this connection that initiated safety consciousness in the workplace. Immediately after Taylor’s work, in 1907, there was a notable advancement in the effort towards safety in the workplace with the creation of the Bureau of Mines. The Bureau, created by the Department of Interior of the United States, was aimed at examining health hazards in the workplace with the purpose of recommending ways of improving workplace safety (Goetsch, 2011).
A year after, in 1908, the US authorities introduced a form of compensating workers on safety issues. This was followed by the passing of compensation law by the US government in 1911. Taylor’s research work was also immediately followed by the establishment of the national conference on safety (Goetsch, 2011). In particular, the Association of Iron and Steel Electrical Engineers (AISEE) held such a conference in 1912, a year after which the National Council of Industrial Safety (NCIS) was formed (Goetsch, 2011). In 1915, NCIS was renamed to National Safety Council, whose primary role is to ensure safety in the workplace (Goetsch, 2011).
There have been, with time, major hallmarks on safety. Since Taylor’s research work in 1900, the US government has continuously encouraged the establishment and implementation of safe working environments (Goetsch, 2011). Conclusively, Taylor’s research work initiated safety consciousness by creating a connection between lost personnel time and management policies and procedures. This connection has resulted to the establishment of workplace safety policies and procedures.
Goetsch, D. L. (2011). Occupational Safety and Health for Technologists, Engineers and
Managers. The Institute for Organizational Excellence. Accessed November 15, 2012