Introduction to Behavioral Safety

What is Behavioral Safety? It is the use of the science of behavior in real life situations, especially at the workplace. Behavioral safety is based on a system of appraisal, shared responsibility and problem solving for both the management and its juniors. Organizations that embrace the behavioral safety practices are advantaged by low accidents, good safety handling, improved communication and also employees’ participation which impacts greatly on company profits.

Behavioral safety mainly focuses on proven methods that bring about safety performances and good attitudes. Despite being difficult to govern, most of the unsafe behaviors are linked with other unfavorable features that are present at work environments. These unfavorable factors are referred to as hazards. Hazards remains harmless until a time when they will be triggered by risky human behaviors to crop an emergency. They therefore, need regular monitoring and control.

One unique characteristic of behavioral safety is the introduction of a planned schedule of events that combine to create a wholesome enhancement intervention. Usually, a briefing session for the workers and all individuals that will be involved is the first step to the process. There may be observers, people who are part of the project or even a steering committee. Each of the individuals is trained in their respective duties. The project team is allocated the responsibility to identify unsafe behaviors. Usually, the unsafe behaviors are enlisted. Once the unsafe behaviors have been enlisted, the observers, over a certain period, then take to observing to establish a baseline for carrying out performance comparisons with. The checklists determine whether or not employees engage in safe behaviors at the workplace. Once this process is over, goals to help instill safe behaviors at work are set. The goals may be set according to the respective work-groups. The above process should be progressive, to ensure continuous improvement on behavioral safety at the workplace.

A high number of firms spend a lot of time and resources trying to maximize the safety awareness to the employees. They usually address the arising safety issues and try to implement programs that are likely to control those issues. These programs emphasize on regular line management audits which end chances of accidents occurring at the work place. It has been proved that many accidents are caused by human carelessness and lack of safety attitudes and are brought about by intrinsic unsafe behaviors.

• Behavioral safety entails a systematic improvement intervention
• Is based on observational data collection
• Requires that the workforce participates actively
• Targets certain unsafe behaviors
• Requires regular updates about the ongoing performance
• Requires decision making procedures that are data driven
• Requires visible support from the management and front-line supervision.

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