In this blog series we will explore some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at Cardinal Health to get an insider look on how to manage an effective Behavior Based Safety management program.
We’ve asked professional safety leaders this simple question “Where do you see BBS in 5 years?” Here are there responses, with a bit of insight from Certainty Software.
Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at Cardinal Health sees BBS as “Playing a more important role than ever. As improvements are made to machine guarding and automation, the remaining hazards that an employee is exposed to will need to be mitigated by safe work procedures and protective equipment. Both of which require the individual employee to choose what they will do.” This optimistic and favorable outlooked of Behavior Based Safety still comes with some questions from Chad, “Will they follow the procedure they’re trained to do or use shortcuts? Will they wear the proper safety equipment, or do they feel it is too much a burden/forget to wear it?”
Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company is looking forward to “The ability to analyze the data and form a plan for you showing where your lagging indicators while offering suggestions on how to correct behaviors and get the right procedures in place.” As the technology, understanding, and knowledge of behavior based safety grows it will become easier to make data-driven decisions and predict preventable incidents before they happen.
John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation thinks that not much will change, as they have set themselves up with a safety program that will last into the future. John says “The same way we do things every day”. A solid BBS program should be predictive and established to support you in the future.
Check out previous blogs in this series and stay tuned for more!