Behaviour Based Safety
There are many different views of behaviour-based safety. Some concepts are based on research; some are based on common sense. Some say behaviour-based safety is all you need; others say it’s only part of the safety effort needed. Some say reinforcement is the answer; others say there are not enough opportunities for reinforcement in the workplace. But, however your organisation looks at it, behaviour-based safety is the process of focusing on behaviour to prevent/reduce occupational injuries.
Why should your company use behaviour-based safety?
- Statistics reveal that 80% to 95% of incidents are caused by at-risk behaviour
- The frequency of injuries can be reduced
- The entire workforce can participate in the process
- Safety teams make safety improvements
- Behaviour-based safety requires progressive and proactive thinking
- When added to a safety program already attempting to comply with regulations, behaviour based
- safety shows "good faith."
Key elements of behaviour-based safety
- Employee/management involvement
- Identification of safe and at-risk behaviour
- Intervention (instructional, motivational, or supportive)
What must I do?
- As an employee who is concerned with safety, you can participate in the company safety program
- Follow the work rules and processes that the company develops
- Use all supplied personal protective equipment
- Cooperate with the safety manager, superintendent or safety committee if they observe youat your workplace, or if they request information from you on how you work