Implementing a Behavior Based Safety program is a brilliant way to transform a company’s safety culture. When it’s done properly, the outcome is usually positive and undeniable. Behavior Based Safety (BSS) can substantially minimize safety risks and prevent workplace accidents. But, anyone who has worked with other safety programs understands that realizing the full benefits will largely depend on successful implementation. Statistics indicate that approximately 70% of such programs pursued by American corporations collapse, resulting in millions of dollars in lost revenues and time. Here are some simple strategies to building a BBS behavior based safety program that is sustainable.
Secure Commitment from Management and Front-line Employees
One of the critical elements of a successful behavior based safety program has to do with securing buy-in from management and front-line employees. When everyone is not on the same page and focused on the goals of the program, chances are that your BBS initiative will fail. At the planning stage of the program, form a team of key members that are familiar with BBS to help you with designing the program and establishing the indicators of success.
Environmental Health and Safety Data Collection and Review
In many organizations, safety departments collect a lot of critical data that is often underutilized. Ensure that you review and evaluate all data collected when performing safety inspections and audits. This data will help to establish the kind of jobs and tasks that pose the greatest risk. Analyzing this data will further help to expose the areas that need improvement and help to unearth new trends that warrant further investigation.
Make a Critical Behavior Checklist
Once you have performed a comprehensive data review, you will be in a position to clearly discover the risky behaviors that have played a role in past incidents. You will also be able to identify risky behaviors that have the potential to contribute to future incidents. You can now develop a checklist detailing all required behaviors to perform specific tasks or jobs. Supervisors can use the checklist during observations to record unsafe and safe behaviors.
Perform Behavioral Observations
Make a decision on which members of the BBS team will be doing the observations and clarify how frequently they should be conducted. Observations may be conducted on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, but this will depend on the organization’s environment as well as the risk severity of the task or job.
Behavior based safety is most successful and effective when handled as a continuous process that constantly adapts to your business needs as well as your employees’ and safety needs. Your supervisors should provide constant feedback after completing observations. Additionally, try to leverage your data to come up with a data-driven strategy while measuring success and making continuous improvements.