Behavioural Based Safety
Safety is about People, not Process!
Embedding a culture of Safety Excellence in your organisation protects your business from financial, emotional and legal costs. You’ll also benefit from improved productivity and an engaged workforce.
Change perceptions through a behavioural based approach to safety in your organisation.
Behavioural Based Safety Challenges
Safety is a serious business. It’s about lives, not numbers.
There are significant challenges that organisations face in changing perceptions about Safety.
Through extensive work with global clients, we often hear the same, or similar, obstacles to developing a culture of Safety Excellence.
Safety can be seen by employees as a ‘barrier’ to doing their job, something that is unexciting, time consuming or a performance area that is not rewarded. The most significant challenge, however, is changing the view that Safety in the workplace is purely the responsibility of EHS teams and business leaders.
To successfully create an environment where safe behaviours are intrinsic, unsafe acts are challenged and near misses are acted upon, Line Managers, Team Leaders and all employees must take ownership of Safety. They must be inspired and empowered to do so from the top.
Like almost all other organisational change or performance improvement initiatives, Safety starts with Leadership.
How serious are you about Safety?
Managing Safety as a ‘process’ is commonplace in organisations. When Safety is perceived as a process, or a compliance issue, employees are unable to able to connect to the ‘why’.
Safety becomes something they have to do, rather than something they want to do. Compliance is managed, but Culture is led.
Helping employees to see that Safety is about people creates an emotional connection. It answers the ‘why’. This mind-set shift is critical if organisations are to move from compliance to commitment.
To create and sustain a culture of behavioural based safety, Leaders must possess leadership competence and capability – and above all, be courageous. Leaders must be prepared to continuously role model safe behaviours in order to become visible safety leaders.
We help whole organisations connect to the emotion of safety. This is the key to driving sustainable behaviour change and creating an environment where people feel safe and cared for.