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Behavioural Science – Underpinning BBS

  • BBS programmes provide practical evidence based approaches to identifying human error paths and the patterns that underpin them

  • While the error may be unintentional, BBS provides guidance to the heuristics underpinning incidents

  • Mistakes can occur where the teams at the sharp end focus on the higher salience items, don’t forget the intrinsic/extrinsic motivators

  • Behavior-based Safety (BBS), identifies/considers and can be used to modify risky behavioral patterns in order to encourage a safe workplace,

  • This is based on identifying how safe work happens, in that particular environment.

  • A BBS programme concentrates on how individuals interact, considers why they function in a particular way and can be used to develop intervention techniques to alter/guide/nudge behavior. An effective BBS can be used to monitor workers and teams during normal work, and provides constant feedback, support, and awareness to reinforce their behaviour in line with safe work practices, that all involved have agreed.

  • These steps originate from asking the teams

    • What type of safety do they want?

    • What do the steps to this process look like?

    • What do they think should be done to ensure effectiveness?


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