Behavior-Based Safety and Occupational Risk Management

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The behavior-based approach to managing occupational risk and preventing workplace injuries is reviewed. Unlike the typical top-down control approach to industrial safety, behavior-based safety (BBS) provides tools and procedures workers can use to take personal control of occupational risks. Strategies the author and his colleagues have been using for more than a decade to teach BBS to safety leaders and line workers are presented. In addition, a conceptual model is proposed for matching the awareness and behavior of an individual with a particular BBS intervention technique.


Industrial safety has been identified as a domain in need of large-scale and long-term behavior change. For this to happen, however, aprominent paradigm shift is required. The standard command-and-control or enforcement approach to industrial safety has limited im-pact, as witnessed by the safety performance plateaus experienced bynumerous organizations. The BBS approach summarized here provides tools and procedures employees can use to take control of their own safety performance, thereby enabling a bottom-up empowerment approach to reducing occupational risks and preventing workplace injuries.

Several consulting firms, as well as the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, sponsor an annual BBS Users Conference.

Topics: Safety, Occupational health & safety
Resource Type: strategies and interventions
Publisher: Behavior Modification
Date Last Updated: 2019-04-27 09:55:53

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