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Promoting a positive Safety Culture through BBS and Safety Observations

Identifying and preventing incidents before they happen is critical to keeping your workplace safe. Unsafe behavior is a leading cause of incidents and injury, which leads to lost productivity, increased worker compensation claims and jeopardizes workplace safety. However, if the underlying behavior can be stopped, then injury can be prevented. The key to preventing unsafe behavior is an effective Behavioral Based Safety program.

Whether your goal is to catch risky behavior or to focus your coaching where it will provide the most value, it is time to help your observers really make a difference by proactively identifying and mitigating the risk. It is vital to expand your observation strategy to focus on efficiency and effectiveness, to train observers to become effective safety coaches and set a great example for those in leadership.

Join us to:

  • Deep dive into BBS aspects, including goals, tools, organizational principles, cultural principles and impacts
  • Get a closer look at the Heinrich Principle and learn the effective preventive measures to identify unsafe behaviors to create a safe work environment
  • Understand the 10 key steps of implementing an effective BBS Program
  • Learn how digitally transforming your inspection program can help in mitigating risk and promoting a strong safety culture


Learning Objectives:

  1. Hamish's theory of small instances of negligence leading to catastrophic events in the workplace and how prevention strategies should focus on eliminating small errors to prevent larger areas from occurring.
  2. The definition and principles of Behavioral-based Safety (BBS) and its basis on Hamish's theory, which implies that 85-90% of workplace incidents are caused by unsafe behavior.
  3. The importance of creating a real community based on respect and appreciation for every employee, including contractors and subcontractors, to make the BBS program stronger.
  4. The necessary steps for successful implementation of a BBS program, including joint efforts by both employees and management, determination of goals and responsibilities, formation of a planning group, and introduction of a steering committee.
  5. The ABC model, which looks at the antecedents, behaviors, and consequences of workplace incidents, and starting points for influencing behavior through BBS, including understanding where individuals are on an individual basis and creating a feedback loop for positive change.
Phill Welch
Phill Welch

General Manager ComplianceQuest

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