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Behavior Based Safety — What It Is and Why It Works


Behavior Based Safety applies principles of human behavior analysis to industrial safety. Behavior Based Safety is powerful because it taps into human nature. It uses universal traits to build safety behavior, and to eliminate employee injuries in the workplace.

Rewarding employees for providing feedback, positive reinforcement of desired safety behavior, and giving corrective feedback for unsafe behavior are a few examples of Behavior Based Safety.

When you involve employees in the safety program through Behavior Based Safety, you give them a sense of pride and ownership. Safety becomes a culture and not just a dictate of management. The goal of Behavior Based Safety is to build a safety mindset in each employee, and change their unsafe habits.

There are some myths associated with Behavior Based Safety, and we’ll take a look at those in the next post.


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