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Introducing a Behavior Based Safety (BBS) program is a great way to change an organization’s safety culture, if done correctly. The programs I have seen over the years have taken many forms.
Let’s take a quiz.
Which of the following is the ideal form of a BBS program?
The ideal BBS program collects large amounts of information about employee habits to affect change and hopefully take the company’s safety program to the “next level”, even making it world-class. So, the answer is (b).
A successful BBS program requires the following pieces working in unison:
Behavioral-Based Safety is a process that considers the observable behavioral patterns of employees and aligns that to a safety standard in order to encourage safety habits at all levels of production. In practice, the implementation of safety tools such as safety signs, training, regulations, and even company culture can be altered or emphasized as a result of BBS data. BBS is most effective when treated as a continuous loop, constantly adapting to your employee, safety and business needs. These elements are included in what I consider to be the complete BBS process.
In the subsequent parts of this blog series on BBS, I’ll discuss the various steps of this complete BBS process in more detail.
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