Behavioural Safety evokes a number of different reactions.
For many managers it is associated with a disciplined approach where workers will follow instructions and for many workers the term is associated with blaming the individual for generic failures.
There are many psychological models associated with explaining how an individuals behavior can be modified but most behavioural based approaches to safety concentrate on monitoring an individual behavior against simple rules. This process can fail when one of the following occurs:
- The rules are not selected on a priority basis.
- The focus is placed on the individual rather than the system and culture that allow the poor behaviour to happen.
- Management doesn’t follow up on the results consistently
RiskChase consultants can assist in the implementation of a behavioural safety program. We also carry out WHS Culture Surveys to assess a baseline for the implementation of such programs.