10 Principles of Behavior-Based Safety

by Chaz Smith

Behavior-Based Safety is a safety management system that specifies exactly which behaviors are geared toward a safer work environment that are required from each employee. The safety management system must have controls in place that will measure whether these behaviors exist as a routine element in the work environment. 

Acceptable behaviors must be positively reinforced frequently and immediately as the behavior occurs. Unsafe behavior triggers accidents and injury, resulting in productivity loss, workers compensation claims and the need for an immediate correction in the behavior. For 10 principles that can be found in an effective safety management system, click here.

Chaz Smith is a risk and safety consultant for the Florida League of Cities.