Develop Safe Behaviours and finding Key Safe Behaviours:  If we want people to behaviour in a way that prevent injuries and incidents. Would it be a good idea to actually explain what safe behaviours we want them to follow, rather than just do a “Got You” safety observation?

Time and effort spent identify the safe behaviours from this list identify the very few critical life saving or key safe behaviours, developing and promoting KSB’s can reward a BBS program and provide a hugh opportunity to gain employee involvement and then employee engagement.

Develop safe behaviours (SB) and Key safe behaviours (KSB) is relatively straight forward, the process starts with an analysis of all injury accidents in order to establish the root causes of the injuries, be ruthless and narrow this down to the top 10 or 12 and it does not matter if they only apply to specific tasks.

Ask the question: “What simple visible behaviour if followed would prevent the injury or incident?”

From this list you have your fundamental core of safe behaviours, but make sure you do a sense check and validate them with a test group of employees or involve them in the development. Safe behaviours can be those general safe behaviours that apply across the factory, but again make sure the list short and that the behaviour is a ‘Visible Behaviour’. Within the SB list there will a few safe behaviours that lift them selfs from the page, in which if SB was not followed the result would realistically (high probability) result in serious injury or a fatality these are your KEY SAFE BEHAVIOURS.

Safety observers now have something to work with, the BBS program has something defined, measurable and therefore manageable. The real trick is how to market and deploy the Safe Behaviours and Key Safe Behaviours into the day to day lives of the employees who choose to adopt and want to work in a safe way and move from a dependant safety culture to a independent safety culture.