Safetip #49: Communicate Key Behaviors After Identifying Them
Start a BBS Process by Identifying Key BehaviorsBehavior-Based Safety (BBS) is a process that consists of collecting and analyzing observational data in order to reduce at-risk behaviors that have a potential to cause incidents later. There are many steps to implementing a BBS program. The Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) has published a best practice for BBS that you can use. The first step of COAA’s proposed BBS implementation process is to identify the behaviors that need to be performed in order to achieve the desired safety performance (e.g. zero injuries). After identifying key behaviors, it’s time to communicate them to all workers.
Communicate How the Required Behaviors Are Performed Safely
All employees must be aware of the required behaviors. But more importantly, they need to know how the required behaviors are performed safely, according to COAA’s guidance. For example, it’s not enough to simply remind workers to wear a fall protection harness when working at height. A worker can wear a fall protection harness safely or in an “at-risk” way. It’s important to explain how to wear the harness safely, not just highlight the importance of wearing it.
Step 2 of COAA’s best practice consists of clearly communicating to all workers the required behaviors and how to do them safely. It’s important to the success of a BBS process that all participants receive a clear and easily understandable communication. Weekly or monthly safety meetings provide a good forum for this type of communication, COAA says.
After key behaviors have been identified and communicated, the next step of the BBS process can be initiated, which consists of observing workers and recording safe and at-risk behaviors.
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