• A Simple Explanation About Behavior-Based Safety

Perhaps You’ve Already Influenced Safe Behaviors

An adult and a child are walking on the sidewalk. They approach an intersection with fast-moving vehicles, a common danger zone.

An adult holds the child’s hand, a safe behavior.

Then the adult begins showing the child how to cross the street safely. The adult reinforces six safe behaviors:

  1. Stop at the curb.
  2. Look both ways for approaching vehicles.
  3. Step of the curb only when traffic is clear.
  4. Stay in the crosswalk for visibility.
  5. Walk across the street looking both ways.
  6. Move quickly to other side.

When they approach the next sidewalk, the adult holds the child’s hand again.

But this time, the adult directs the child to verbalize and perform the six safe behaviors during the street-crossing. The adult provides feedback as they cross street safely together.

This is behavior-based safety in action. You probably already do it. We bring this application to the workplace with SafeTask® Supervision.

Our SafeTask® Supervision curriculum puts behavior-based safety processes into the hands of supervisors for their teams. It’s fully customizable. Safety pros and operations managers can become licensed instructors.

What does Behavior-Based Safety Do?

Behavior-Based Safety engages people in their own protection. It’s a set of safety processes any organization can add to improve its safety performance. These safety processes influence people’s safe behaviors while they work and proactively measure safety before injuries occur.

Our SafeTask® Supervision users experience many benefits, including low injury rates. Here’s why.

Situation Awareness is the state of being alert to danger and making a safe decision in response. All safety depends on this cognitive skill. The purpose of behavior-based safety processes is to improve people’s Situation Awareness, which simultaneously counters risk-taking.

SafeTask® Supervision is a curriculum for supervisors which shows them how to apply behavior-based safety processes to improve people’s Situation Awareness as they perform work tasks.

A Safe Behavior is when a person takes action to execute a precaution. When employees perform their work tasks with a high rate of safe behaviors instead of at-risk behaviors, the risk of injury significantly decreases.

SafeTask® Supervision shows supervisors how to proactively influence and measure safe behaviors during work tasks. It gives supervisors the ability to take charge of safety for their teams.

A Safety Contact is when a safety process touches a person and reinforces a safe behavior. In order for behavior-based safety to function well, supervisors should make an adequate number of safety contacts with their people every week.

SafeTask® Supervision teaches supervisors 16 safety processes they can apply in different combinations to achieve a high level of safety contacts to reinforce safe behaviors during work tasks.

Easy-to-Apply Formula

SafeTask® Supervision is a learning curriculum. It teaches supervisors how to customize and apply behavior-based safety to their people’s work tasks.

SafeTask® Supervision gives supervisors and their people a formula to apply safety to their work tasks. It is a simple mental flow that people can follow during a work task to increase their Situation Awareness, which is the basis of all safety.

Let’s break down this formula for you to better understand.

A Danger Zone is where people interact with injury risk during a work task. A person needs Situation Awareness to recognize and interpret injury risk, then make safe decisions in response.

SafeTask® Supervision shows supervisors and their people how to engage their Situation Awareness. It helps people cue on hazards and at-risk behaviors while performing a work task in a danger zone.

A Safety Margin is the protection for a work task. The purpose of your safety management system is to provide this protection. A Safety Margin is insulation from danger while performing a work task.

SafeTask® Supervision helps supervisors and their people achieve a strong safety margin for every work task.

A Safety Contact is when a person prompts another person to apply a safety margin.  Helping supervisors and their people plan an execute the right frequency of Safety Contacts makes a big impact on safety performance.

SafeTask® Supervision helps the supervisor and people establish and sustain an adequate number of Safety Contacts per week to keep Situation Awareness high and safety margins strong.

A SafeTask® occurs when a person performs a work task while applying a safety margin with safe behaviors.  The safety profession has proven that measuring safe behaviors generates powerful data about safety performance.

SafeTask® Supervision shows supervisors and their people how to measure safety in real-time, so they can take action to improve their safe behaviors without waiting for the injury rates from the safety department at month end.

What our clients say.

The SafeTask® concepts were a major breakthrough for our supervisory team. We were so focused on compliance that we forgot what safety really means. The SafeTask® concepts and skill set reset our supervisors to pursue safety margins. Once we did, we saw a dramatic difference in motivation and results, cutting our injury rate by 50% during the first year.

General ManagerGalvanizing Plant

We always seemed to chase safety, never knowing how to get there. I truly did not understood how to achieve safety until I took the SafeTask® class.  The concepts changed my whole outlook. We are applying the SafeTask® methods and skills. Our rate of safe behaviors steadily improves and I sleep better knowing our safety margins are better.

Operations ManagerManufacturing Plant

We always seemed to chase safety, never knowing how to get there. I truly did not understood how to achieve safety until I took the SafeTask® class.  The concepts changed my whole outlook. We are applying the SafeTask® methods and skills. Our rate of safe behaviors steadily improves and I sleep better knowing our safety margins are better.

Operations ManagerManufacturing Plant

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