Behavioral Based Safety is a proactive methodology used to identify and reduce at-risk actions that are associated with workplace accidents. It is an important complement to any safety and health management system, as it takes your safety plan from reactive to proactive.
Your safety and health management system is still the place for specific policies and procedures and is still the “one stop shop” of sorts for all things compliance. Behavioral Based Safety is simply a system which overlays it to help identify common or likely workplace accidents, even those which happen within the scope of a well-defined safety plan. It allows an employer to truly customize a safety and health plan to his or her company, allowing for extremely specific policies to prevent injury.
The system incorporates every member of the staff, from management to hourly personnel, and is designed with similar principals as the Quality Improvement processes developed by Demming and Crosby. As part of the process, there will be elements of Applied Behavioral Science, a full review of the worksite to identify important safety behaviors, an observation of the plant to measure the effectiveness of said behaviors, an open and honest dialogue around the behaviors looking for real feedback, and finally data-based problem solving to create more effective policies.
Behavior Based Safety is not a quick fix; it is a time-tested path to safety which is becoming the norm for companies focused on employee safety and mitigation of potential risks.
If you have any questions about Behavior Based Safety or how it could impact your facility, please contact us. If you have anything to add about the importance of Behavior Based Safety, please leave a comment.