Over the past 40 years the UK has seen vast improvements to health and safety, based primarily on technological advances, whereby the equipment, tools and materials we work with have reduced the risks of accidents, incidents or ill-health.
That said, it is still a sobering thought that people continue to be injured in the workplace and industries are beginning to address the one common factor in these incidents – human behaviour.
Behavioural Based Safety (BBS) is a process that creates a safety partnership between management and employees or contractors; focusing on people’s actions and the actions of others in promoting good safety behaviour.
A Behaviour Based Safety/ Culture Change programme focuses on what people do, analyses why they do it, and then applies a research-supported intervention strategy to improve what people do.
At its very core BBS is about applying solutions to real world problems. Its purpose is to challenge the behaviours of all staff and consequently reduce the likelihood of any safety related incidents or accidents occurring.
THSP is pleased to announce the appointment of BBS expert Steve Wiskin to their team. Steve has designed and delivered award winning Behaviour Based Safety programmes to a wide range of organisations from the construction, civil engineering, facilities, highways and rail sectors. His work with these companies and their employees has proved a catalyst for cultural change resulting in significant reductions in the number of reportable accidents whilst the number of minor accidents have dropped by at least 50%. Close calls and near misses, where potential hazards are spotted before they can cause harm however have increased dramatically, demonstrating the positive buy-in to the programme. Companies have also reported an average 150% rise in the number of safety incidents reported within the businesses, which is a testimony to employee ownership of the programme.
The programme has been merited with a number of awards including Safety Innovation Awards, the Rail Business Awards and was a Highly Commended the annual IOSH awards, and most notably to Steve Wiskin for is development, management and facilitation of the programme winning Safety Person of the year.
THSP’s approach ensures that employees and contractors at all levels can be directly engaged. The stages, delivered via workshops, include:
- Safety Leadership (predominately aimed at senior management)
- Key Influencers (staff who significantly lead and influence others)
- Developing Influence (key site staff who interact with and influence others), and
- Overview (for all site and support employees and contractors).
If you feel that your safety management system has stalled and are looking to revitalise performance, or are concerned that the message of health and safety is simply not getting through, please call us on 03456 122144 and let’s start the process of changing behaviours.