Linked to safety culture, behavioural based safety focuses on at-risk behaviours which serve as early warnings for accidents. The key is to reinforce safe behaviours (good habits) and remove unsafe ones (bad habits) by regularly and systematically observing the workplace and communicating the observations to the workers.
IOSH suggest that…”behaviour can be defined as an action by an individual that is observable by others. It’s estimated that in up to 80 per cent of work-related accidents, employees’ behaviour (in the form of acts or omissions) is a contributing factor. Such behaviour can pave the way for many pre-existing factors to come together in a negative event.
The emphasis of the behaviour-based approach to safety is, as the name suggests, on employees’ behaviour and by influencing behaviours, this system can reduce injury rates.”