Behavior-Based Observation

Last updated: March 25, 2019

What Does Behavior-Based Observation Mean?

Behavior-based observation refers to a workplace safety program that focuses on identifying and eliminating at-risk behaviors. This type of program aims to document and record safe and at-risk behaviors and conditions accurately and objectively. It is considered part of a behavior-based safety program.

Safeopedia Explains Behavior-Based Observation

A behavior-based approach to safety involves the collection and analysis of at-risk behavior in the workplace. At a higher level, it attempts to determine the cause of at-risk behavior. In a more basic sense, it involves using simple but effective observation techniques whereby co-workers observe each other and give constructive one-on-one feedback to reinforce safe work behaviors and discourage at-risk behaviors. This can help strengthen workplace safety culture.


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