Behavior-Based Safety Safety

Behavior-Based Safety


There are many different views of behavior-based safety. Some consultants’ concepts are based on research; some are based on common sense. Some say behavior-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 organization looks at it, behavior-based safety is the process of focusing on behavior to prevent/reduce occupational injuries.

Why should your company use behavior-based safety?

  • Statistics reveal that 80% to 95% of incidents are caused by at-risk behavior
  • The frequency of injuries can be reduced
  • The entire workforce can participate in the process
  • Safety teams make safety improvements
  • Behavior-based safety requires progressive and proactive thinking
  • When added to a safety program already attempting to comply with regulations, behavior-based safety shows “good faith”

Key elements of behavior-based safety

  • Employee/management involvement
  • Identification of safe and at-risk behavior
  • Observation
  • Feedback
  • 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 you at your workplace, or if they request information from you on how you work