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Behavioural Safety Culture Change is the next step

in reducing injury rates

Safety Observation Culture Change

Fig: Safety Observation Culture Change

When all the engineering controls i.e. guards, are in place, and there is a risk assessment and safety procedure for every job we do, why are people still injured? It’s because we are all human:

Most organisations do the physical and safety management systems parts of safety well and injury rates have fallen. But not to zero and here’s why.

  • Sometimes people choose not to put on their hard hats in a hard hat area.
  • Sometimes they take risks and cut corners just to get the job done.
  • Sometimes they get frustrated because the right equipment is not available.
  • Sometimes the person who has been properly trained is wanted at the other side of the factory.

There are a whole range of things people do every day that increase the risk of injuries. This is why some organisations which think of themselves as safe still see accidents happening. Even though physical and systems approaches to safety are working well, people are behaving unsafely.

Accident Pyramid of injuries safety culture change

Fig: Accident Pyramid of injuries: Safety culture change

People don’t understand the risks they are taking.

  • The don’t appreciate the effect of an accident on themselves, their families and their colleagues.
  • They feel pressure to do things quickly rather than correctly.
  • They don’t know that the cost of having an accident will far outweigh gains they make by cutting corners
  • Some think accidents can only happen to other people.
  • They may be distracted, tired or in a hurry and lose concentration.
  • Some think that because they didn’t have an accident yesterday and the day before, they won’t have one today.

A Behavioural Safety culture change Intervention programme uses:

Developing Safety Culture Change

Fig: Developing Safety Culture Change

  • Safety Culture Assessment and Bench marking.
  • Leadership training and development.
  • Key safe behaviour identification.
  • Safety observations training.
  • Employee workshop.

So training is a key part of developing behavioural safety and that’s where Dave can help.

But you need more than training.

People are far more likely to behave safely if they work in a positive safety culture, Take the next step.