Behavioural safety is the systematic application of psychological research on human behaviour to the problems of safety in the workplace. Given that 96 percent of all workplace accidents are triggered by unsafe behaviour, most people will be aware that reducing accidents and improving safety performance can only be achieved by systematically focusing upon those unsafe behaviours in the workplace.
For example, ducking under or climbing over assembly lines to reach the controls, not holding the handrail when ascending/descending stairs, not putting equipment away after completing a job, etc., are all unsafe behaviours.
These are in the direct control of the person engaging in them, and therefore, can be targeted for improvement via a workforce driven behavioural safety initiative.
Since the early 1990’s behavioural safety has fast become an established weapon in the war on workplace accidents, as its use has helped many companies to dramatically slice through their accident plateau, something that hitherto could only be dreamed of.
Many companies have experienced 40-75 percent falls in their accident rates within 6 to 12 months as a direct consequence of implementing the techniques associated with behavioural safety.