What are some of the key aspects you should consider when implementing a behavior based safety system?
In an effort to improve safety performance, organizations are continuously challenged to find new ways to prevent incidents or injuries. A Behavior Based Safety system allows organizations to identify trends associated with at-risk behaviors in the workplace that can ultimately work to prevent incidents or injuries and cultivate a culture of safety.
Setting aside the unpredictable nature of industrial safety events, the identification and correction of potentially hazardous conditions or behaviors has a significant decreases the probability of an incident occurring. Whereas the traditional observe and report method may be compromised by personal motives, the objective of a Behavior Based Safety Program is to find the weaknesses of management systems instead of individual managers. These systemic deficiencies permit and perpetuate unsafe behaviors.
Unless this objective is understood and accepted at all levels of the organization, it will be impossible to gain the grassroots and executive-level adoption necessary to the program’s success. To maximize the effectiveness of a Behavior Based Safety Program, here are five industry-spanning hallmarks of a world-class behavior based safety program:
1. Reporting and Observation
An effective behavior based observation system must be rooted in a streamlined reporting process. At the worker level, this means data entry must be intuitive and easily accessible.
2. Immediate Risk Mitigation
A robust behavioral observation process is necessary to help your organization quickly identify risky behavior in the workplace and encourage meaningful, non-confrontational conversations with workers in the field regarding why they engage in unsafe behaviors.
3. Analysis and Data Mining
The key to any enterprise information management system is usability. Non-technical employees need to be able to analyze data and derive insights from it. By enabling data mining at all levels of the organization, you empower all your employees to make data-driven decisions.
4. Leading Indicators
Tracking leading and lagging indicators is not a new concept for those in the safety profession. Measuring lagging indicators, or data that had been gathered after losses have been incurred, and leading indicators, which are linked to conditions, events and measurements that precede an event, play a big part in predicting future incident rates and driving safety culture.
5. Transformational Actions
Often, data-driven lessons learned at one site can be implemented as best practices at another. Carefully analyzed behavioral safety data has the potential to allow organizations to identify and address management system deficiencies on a global scale.
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