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
- 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