Behavioral Safety

Towing the Safety Line at Moran

With 100 tugboats on the water, safety is obviously a priority and Moran has a top-notch safety record. For example, almost half of the organization’s fleet were awarded the 2012 Devlin Award, an award going to all manned merchant vessels that have operated for two or more years without a crew member losing a complete turn at watch due to injury. They are one of the best in the business when it comes to safety, but they also have people who say, "We can probably get better."

Noroural: Casting Behavior-Based Safety in a Positive Light

Producing tons of molten metal per day and transporting the hot liquid in crucibles to a casting house to be further heated in 60-ton capacity furnaces, before flowing it into molds for solidification—what could possibly go wrong?

Turn up to Learn: Leadership in High-hazard Industries

After almost every major industrial accident, investigators discover that an overreliance or overconfidence existed in the systems in place to prevent catastrophic events and hazardous work environments...

Vigilance: Behaving Safely During Routine, Novel, and Rare Events

This article begins by defining what is meant by “attending” in keeping workers safe. Creating safe habits that are maintained, even when no one is looking, requires high rates of reinforcement for observing accurately and acting correctly in all kinds of circumstances.

Effective Keys to Creating and Sustaining a Safety Culture

Safety culture is commonly defined as a set of core values and behaviors that emphasize safety as an overriding priority, but that is not enough. Most importantly, safety must be a foundational commitment of its culture—not one that changes with shifting priorities but where safety is first, always.

Behavior-Based Safety: Setting the Record Straight

Behavior-based Safety (BBS) can easily be credited with a long history of helping organizations improve safety but, unfortunately, it has also been linked to a history of controversy. This article will describe what BBS is and is not, offer an overview of the common objections to BBS, and provide evidence for the effectiveness of well-designed and managed BBS processes.

Developing High-Impact Leading Indicators for Safety

Why do so many organizations continue to take a reactive approach to safety? Why is it so hard to maintain safety as a priority? Why do supervisors and managers who truly care about safety behave in ways that contradict their values?

Sustaining BBS by Going Back to Basics

First viewed by many as a soft approach to managing safety, behavior-based safety (BBS), a technology based on the science of behavior analysis, has earned respect during the past 40 years...

Behavior-Based Safety in Healthcare

When you think of safety risks you might think of industries such as mining, oil and gas, or construction, but workers in healthcare also get hurt. Hospitals provide services that range from fairly routine to very complex treatments...

Removing Barriers to Achieving Exceptional Safety

Truly effective champions of behavior-based safety (BBS) play many important roles from attaining employee buy-in, to ensuring management support, to sustaining ongoing participation and improvement...

Behavior-Based Safety Leadership

One of the biggest challenges in safety is getting people to do what they are supposed to do...

Integrating Strengths of Behavior-Based Safety with Effective Process Safety Management

There are many practice areas in safety where subject matter experts, consultants and performers fail to appreciate what each has to offer the other...

A Culture of Safety Ownership at Malt-O-Meal

Rapid growth—today Malt-O-Meal operates six plants and eight distribution centers—hasn't compromised the company's dedication to product safety or to the safety of the employees who produce those products.

Why Relationships Matter in Safety

Have you ever noticed how supervisors who have good relationships with their crews tend to have safer crews? In fact, good relationships tend to be associated with all kinds of good performance. Why would this be so?

Misplaced Accountability for Accidents: Finding the Cause but Not the Cure

When incidents and accidents occur in business, usually a call goes out to find those who are responsible and hold them accountable for their actions...

Is Safety Really Your Top Priority?

The answer may be in how you measure it. Most companies say that safety is their number one priority...

Wanted: Safety Accountability from Mining Management

Devoted WV resident ignites a discussion on managements role in keeping mines safe...

What is Behavior-Based Safety? A look at the history and its connection to science

A look at the history and its connection to science...

Deadly Decisions: An Interview with Dwight Harshbarger, author of Witness at Hawks Nest

An Interview with Dwight Harshbarger, author of Witness at Hawks Nest...

The Consequence Strategy for Managing Safety

No one wants to see people hurt. No company wants to spend money needlessly on insurance and/or damages caused by accidents...

Commercial Vehicle Safety: Onboard Safety Monitoring as Part of Behavioral Safety Management

Driver safety, particularly in the trucking industry, demands constant attention to the specific behaviors of drivers to reduce accidents and injuries, thereby reducing road risks, crashes, and traffic violations...

FMC Mines with Safety

In a rough and demanding industry, FMCs Green River plant managers have discovered an exciting and different way of empowering their workforce...

Stress and Safety: A Costly Relationship

Note: This is the first of several articles offered by Aubrey Daniels International (ADI) to increase awareness of the high cost of stress in the...

For The Record: Incentives and Safety

At a recent behavior-based safety conference, I heard speakers say that they did not believe in incentives or gimmicks such as mugs, tee-shirts and...

Walking on (Wings in) Water:

USAirways Flight 1549, January 15, 2009 The forced landing of the Airbus in the Hudson on January 15, 2009 and the subsequent successful...

Merging the Methods of Behavior-based Safety and Continuous Improvement:

The Toyota Production System (TPS) goes by many names and acronyms such as the Global Production System (GPS), Continuous Improvement (CI) and most...

Vinings Industries Boosts Safety Success With BBS

Sometimes people automatically reject the idea of new safety strategies because they view such strategies as criticism of current processes or as...

Food Safety, Product Safety, and Public Protection: The Critical Role of Behavior

Food contamination problems as recent as salmonella-tainted peanuts from a Georgia plant have raised the public ire and questioned our confidence in corporations to insure food safety...

Optimizing Your Behavior-Based Safety Investment

The CEO of a large manufacturing firm was delighted to hear the data resulting from the plant's behavior-based safety (BBS) initiative. The 40...

Behavior-Based Safety is in the Air at York International

"Behavior-based safety is more than safety. You can incorporate it not only into many parts of your business but also to make things go...

The Personal Approach To Safety At Avenor

Avenor is an international forest products company with operations in Washington State and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Avenor's Canadian operating facilities include four newsprint mills, three pulp mills, one white paper mill, five sawmills, two forestry centers and four woodlands locations.

Giving Safety A Lift At the Grande Prairie Sawmill

"Danger" and "sawmill" seem to be naturally associated words, yet Weyerhaeuser Canada's Grande Prairie sawmill site, after 25 years of operation, holds one of the best safety records in the industry...