Behavior-based safety

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Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is the "application of science of behavior change to real world problems".[1] BBS "focuses on what people do, analyzes why they do it, and then applies a research-supported intervention strategy to improve what people do".[2] At its very core BBS is based on a larger scientific field called Organizational behavior management.[3]

To be successful a BBS program must include all employees, from the CEO to the front line workers. Including but not limited to hourly, salary, union employees, contractors and sub-contractors. To achieve changes in behavior, a change in policy, procedures and/or systems most assuredly will also need some change. Those changes cannot be done without buy-in and support from all involved in making those decisions.

BBS is not based on assumptions, personal feeling, and/or common knowledge. To be successful, the BBS program used must be based on scientific knowledge.


  1. ^ Staff. "Introduction to Behavioral Safety" Cambridge Center for Behavior Studies.
  2. ^ Geller, E. Scott (2004). "Behavior-based safety: a solution to injury prevention: behavior-based safety 'empowers' employees and addresses the dynamics of injury prevention." Risk & Insurance. 15 (12, 01 Oct) p. 66
  3. ^ Matthews, Grainne A. "Behavioral Safety from the Consumer's Perspective: Determining Who Really Provides Behavior safety." Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

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