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Safecon introduce Behavioural Based Safety programs

Behavioural based safety (BBS) is the application of science of behaviour change to real world problems.BBS “focuses on what people do, analyzes why they do it, and then applies a research-supported intervention strategy to improve what people do. At its very core BBS is based on a larger scientific field called Organisation Behaviour Analysis.

Behavioural Based Safety is a process that reduces unsafe behaviours that can lead to incidents occurring in the workplace. The process works by reinforcing safe behaviour and identifying the causes of unsafe behaviour.

Safecon provides consultancy using three generic types of approach


The Three Generic Types of Approach

A behavioural safety process can be introduced in numerous ways but can be categorised into one of three generic types, these are:

Top Down: a management driven process that typically has supervisors measuring behaviour and providing one to one feedback and relaying recommendations for improvement to the management team.

Bottom Up: an employee driven process which encourages front line participation in safety. This works on the basis of using peer-to-peer observations which are fed back to a workforce run behavioural safety team who then conduct analysis to develop recommendations for managers to implement.

Collective: a collective approach is where both managers and front line personnel conduct observations. Analysis is then conducted by a behavioural safety team (represented by both managers and front line personnel) to identify the root causes of unsafe practises. Recommendations are then identified and implemented to improve safety performance.


Safety Culture Survey

The Safety Culture Survey measures several different factors: Management Support for Safety, Peer Support for Safety, and Personal Responsibility for Safety, various safety management systems (e.g., Discipline, Incident Reporting & Analysis, Rewards & Recognition) and Employee Engagement. In addition to analyzing the results according to user-defined demographic variables (e.g., location, position, shift), the site’s results are compared with industrial norms, established from previous administrations of the survey.

The main assessment tool is the survey that includes numerous questions to assess employee attitudes, values and perceptions towards safety and safety management systems across the 10 safety culture ‘factors’.

The software will allows a range of analyses to be conducted that generates reports online and is downloadable via pdf.



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