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If you ranked the importance of Behavior-Based Safety, how would you rank it?

I am interested to learn from our members if you were to rank the importance of Behavior-Based Safety (BBS), relative to other parts of your safety management system, how would you rank it?

1 - not at all important - don't even do it

2 - somewhat important

3 - on par to everything else

4 - very important

5 - extremely important - could not live without it

Please share your ranking, using the above 1 to 5 scale, in the comments below and your thoughts on using BBS as part of our safety management system.

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November 05, 2018 @ 02:56 PM EST Health & Safety

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Hi Tamara,

The marketers of BBS schemes have over the years done an excellent job of convincing many that their productsare somehow basic tools in safety management. Convenient and selfserving but far from the truth. BBS was conceived in wishful thinking myths based on Skinner’s work with rats and pigeons and the worst of Heinrich’s theories on “unsafe” behavior accident ratios. No amount of rebranding (i.e., lipstick) can alter this fact. We keep trying to fix employees instead of using more holistic, and effe tive, approaches. ANSI Z10 is an excellent example of a safety management model that never mentions behavior modification as a necessary component or a component of any kind. The introduction to Z10 as I recall actually calls into question the efficacy of behaviorism in safety overall.

November 07, 2018 @ 10:53
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Tamara Parris

Thank you @jimloud for joining and sharing your insights with our members.

What I have learned is there is so much complexity surrounding outcomes.

The systematic factors at play, influences within our environment at the time of the incident, our own life experiences, what we tangibly have to work with at the time, group dynamics of the team involved, perceived accepted norms and the list continues.

In fact, just considering the patterns of human thought processing, last I read, there are approximately 40 of them.

cc: @darrensutton @andrewsharman

November 07, 2018 @ 11:14 AM EST
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cc @rongantt @kensanders @rosaantoniacarrillo what at your thoughts on this topic?

November 07, 2018 @ 11:19 AM EST