Let's assume we are starting from the ground floor. Where do we begin?

For sure, there are safety management systems that I need to implement as part of my overall operation. Some of these need to support contractor pre-qual tools. Others aim towards some form of certification that provides some degree of third party assurance on the quality of my operation. There does seem to be a lot of expertise and resources available for the starting organization. Interestingly, I can also take a shortcut through the download of pre-built safety manuals and give them a stamp of approval to check that requirement off my list.