Saturday, January 13, 2007

Speaking Out A Horses Ears The Human Interest Approach to Behavior Based Safety

A cute story about Behaviour Based Safety ...

"The shift in the workplace environment that occurred after the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970 has been described as one that de-emphasized the "human approach" and focused on correcting hazardous working conditions. What others call the human approach, I call the "human-interest approach."

Regardless of what you call it, safety is lacking without it.

Behavior-based safety (BBS) is an approach that focuses on eliminating or minimizing at-risk behaviors that can result in injuries. It sounds simple enough, but it's not.

Workers often perceive it as a way to blame them. Management views it as another safety program. However, if properly handled, BBS can help us all become better-equipped to practice safe behavior.

"A Horse's Ears" may help you view BBS safety from a different perspective. Speaking from first-hand knowledge, it definitely changed mine."    (Continued via Occupational Safety)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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