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The problem involved in this study was to report the philosophies of selected major contributors to the field of safety management; examine the major components, commonalities, and differences; and note the major influences on contributors' philosophies. Individuals selected to participate in this study were nationally known for safety management contributions by virtue of their authorship of texts or professional articles, their presentations at safety conferences, and their leadership in the field. The interview technique, utilizing the semi-structured interview was the method chosen to identify the contributors' philosophies and the influences that have affected them. A panel was chosen and interrogated through the use of a telephone interview to learn their philosophies of safety management and the influences they perceived had molded these philosophies. A brief questionnaire requesting primarily biographical information was also completed by each contributor and returned to the investigator as a supplement to information gained via the interview. This questionnaire elicited information that helped to insure that each contributor met the necessary criteria for inclusion in the study. Data were gathered and grouped into six categories under a fictional name for each contributor. Conclusions and hypotheses were then formulated based on the observations made by the contributors. Findings indicated that participants were primarily influenced by their work-related experiences. Philosophies tended to be management rather than engineering-oriented, although most of the contributors had engineering backgrounds. The rationale for an industrial safety program is primarily one of cost benefit.