Behavioural Safety


Everyone has the right to go home safe from work every day yet, according to Eurostat, each year more than 5,000 people lose their lives in the EU as a result of workplace incidents. In the construction sector incidents and fatalities continue to happen and working at height is a key area of focus when it comes to safety.

Management and organisational factors have a large influence on accidents and incidents, either directly or through their impact on the behaviours of employees. It is these management decisions etc. that are usually excluded from behavioural safety approaches

Health and safety in the workplace is influenced by a number of factors, from the organisational environment through managers’ attitude and commitment to the nature of the job or task and the personal attributes of the worker. Safety-related behaviour in the workplace can be changed by addressing these major influences. One way to improve safety performance is to introduce a behavioural safety process that identifies and reinforces safe behaviour and reduces unsafe behaviour. Behavioural safety processes aren’t a ’quick fix’ and it’s important not to overlook fundamental elements. You should begin by concentrating on policies and systems – assessing and improving management and operational factors, training, design and so on.

Heading Business Benefits

A manufacturing company with 1,400 staff introduced a behavioural safety programme and gained:
- improved productivity – the number of work days lost through injury per year dropped from 550 to 301 in four years
- improved public image – the company’s managers have given presentations at major behavioural safety conferences
- staff development – many observers have improved communications and IT skills, and greater confidence.
(Source: HSE)

First researched in the 1970s in the US, the behaviour-based safety approach emerged in UK organisations in the late 1980s and is now widely used in a variety of sectors in the UK. We’ve written this guide to introduce the background and basic principles of implementing a process which systematically addresses behavioural safety. The techniques described are based primarily on observation, intervention and feedback as ways of changing behaviour. (source IOSH)

We would much rather teach people the powerful theories and tools to enable you to apply them over and over again when the need arises not just for safety but in many other areas of business. However, some companies prefer us to come and take a good look at any critical behaviours that they may have and then give practical and achievable recommendations to put measures in place to change them.

Our Behavioural Safety Consultants charge a realistic daily rate for this valuable service and we would normally expect to be on-site with access to all your relevant people for between 1-3 days with a full report and recommendations being left with you before we leave.

We believe that behavioural change and effective leadership is the key to success in safety

We’d be delighted to discuss how we can help create long lasting behavioural change programmes for your people either over a telephone conversation or during a free of charge, no obligation visit to any of your sites where we can gather an initial understanding of any potentially critical behaviours and advise you of how we would approach things. We look forward to hearing from you!

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