Strategic Focus: The Role Of Technology In Behaviour Based Safety Management Programmes

Published 6 September 2021 by Tom Brown & Bill Pennington &
EHS Analytics EHS Learning & Training EHS Mobile Apps EHS Software Environment, Health & Safety Worker Safety Strategic Focus

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Executive Summary

Behaviour based safety (BBS) management is used extensively as part of EHS programmes across multiple industries. The core concept of BBS is to improve safety performance by promoting critical safety behaviours amongst workers using observations of key operational procedures. A successful BBS system, however, goes much further than providing feedback on peer observations. Ultimately its goal is to initiate a significant psychological shift amongst workers in the way they think about safety. With this report, Verdantix aims to uncover the factors that contribute to an effective BBS programme, the benefits that can be realized by successfully utilizing BBS, and how BBS can be optimized with technology, such as mobile applications, connected wearables, analytical tools, EHS software, learning management systems and advanced training solutions.

Table of contents

Developing A Sophisticated Behaviour Based Safety Programme Is A Priority For EHS Managers 
Improving Safety Culture Is A Key Challenge For EHS Professionals 
BBS Looks To Trigger A Psychological Change In Workers’ Mindsets Towards Safety 

Firms Can Leverage Technology To Develop Strong BBS Programmes 
Employee Buy-In Is The Pivotal Factor In Building BBS Management Programmes 
Existing And Emerging EHS Technology Can Optimize Performance Along A Firm’s BBS Roadmap

Table of figures

Figure 1. Cycle Of Continuous BBS Programme Development  
Figure 2. Firms Should Develop BBS Through People, Processes And Technology  
Figure 3. Key Technology Investments To Enable A Successful BBS Programme  

About the authors

Tom Brown

Industry Analyst
Tom is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. His current research agenda focuses on technology mega-trends, EHS software, and sustainability. Tom joined Verdantix after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, with particular focus on Process Simulation and environmental sustainability.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management.

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety and Risk Management practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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