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As the second post in our ABC’s of Safety series, we discuss behavioral based safety.  First, what is Behavioral Based Safety?  Behavioral Based Safety is an organizational risk management program that can help employees identify and choose safe behaviors over unsafe ones through observation and intervention.

Behavioral Based Safety can be broken down into four major steps:

  1. Behavioral observation of employees at work
  2. Review and feedback of the data observed
  3. Identify improvement goals based on the analysis
  4. Measure improvement and goal attainment

To be effective, it is very important that the feedback method be constructive and supportive to help employees recognize unsafe behaviors and encourage them to use safer ones.   This will help promote self-awareness and commitment to the program.

For Behavioral Based Safety (hereon referred to as “BBS”) to work and be a lasting component of a safety program, there must be complete organizational support.  Once the data is aggregated and analyzed, share the observations with the entire organization so they understand their current performance and the opportunities identified.  Then, once goals are set, be sure to monitor progress towards those goals and share progress broadly.  Don’t forget to celebrate goal attainment with the organization as well.

BBS is not meant to be a single “event” but should be integrated into your safety program.  Therefore, once the goals are attained, new goals can be set based on new observational data to help maintain behavioral awareness and ensure your work environment remains as safe as possible.

For more information about BBS or implementing a program in your organization, please contact your independent insurance agent or your local Acadia Loss Control Representative who will be happy to work with you.

For additional safety resources, I invite you to browse our blog which is packed full of great safety, risk management and insurance topics.


Acadia Insurance is pleased to share this material with its customers.  Please note, however, that nothing in this document should be construed as legal advice or the provision of professional consulting services.  This material is for general informational purposes only, and while reasonable care has been utilized in compiling this information, no warranty or representation is made as to accuracy or completeness.  

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