Behaviour-based approaches to safety

Comments are closed. Behaviour-based approaches to safetyOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Many traditional approaches to health and safety management are available toorganisations wanting to improve their safety performance. Eventually, however,a plateau in accident reduction is reached beyond which it can be difficult toadvance. One way of addressing this difficulty is to adopt a Behavioural-Based SafetyApproach, a practice which examines the psychology of why people comply withrules or why they don’t. BBSA takes into account the individual, theenvironment and the individual’s behaviour in the workplace to get to the rootof the problem. It need not be reserved just for safety issues though. Abehavioural approach gives the ownership of health and safety to the people atrisk, rather than allowing them to be directed by those not at risk. It can beas relevant to locating the cause of occupational stress among a group ofemployees, as discovering why certain accidents are occurring on a productionline. A well-motivated and committed workforce that actively participates in themanagement of its own health and safety issues can bring considerable benefitsand BBSA can break down many of the traditional employee/manager barriers andfoster team spirit. Without full management commitment though there could beproblems which reduce the effectiveness of the approach. Organisations shouldbe aware that BBSA can amplify bad situations as well as highlight good ones. IOSH has produced a “technical info sheet” on BBSA and while theInstitution believes the concept can work very well, it is not a stand-aloneapproach and should be used in harmony with other safety management systems. The IOSH info sheets provide basic facts for an individual to interpret andimplement. They include references, contacts for further information and arefree to members and non-members. They can be downloaded at: www.iosh.co.uk/technical/infosheets.cfm Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.

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