Any pervasive scepticism in any organization is often expressed by professionals as ‘Our Company is incapable of any change’. This does more harm than good, especially in terms of safety. But, in a risky environment that is growing more perilous and costly, EHS professionals need to steer their companies towards resilience and value by pushing in risk capabilities that can plan and manage change.
In this COVID-19, digital technology underlies much of the change. With preferences shifting under the influence of this pandemic, safety regulations are enjoying a broader support.
Where a reactive approach to risk are actions that can be taken only when things go wrong, proactive and planned digital actions can understand and prioritize risks, set their risk appetite and measure performances.
Time for appropriate action plans and communications
When individual behaviours are mapped, risks can be coordinated well by measuring their digital footprints.
ASK-EHS’s Behaviour based safety software can contribute to efficient and effective processes that are less prone to disruption, by offering comprehensive operative controls for enabling safety.
Yes, the importance of a behaviour-based safety program lies in its pragmatic approach – removes the most common source of workplace injuries and accidents – “human error”.
Human error is non-deliberate, it emancipates from our casual behavioural tendencies – most common being, complacent while undertaking high-risk jobs.
Front line workers can result in human errors, in their busy, routine tasks. They seem to neglect finer aspects of safety while allowing routine operations. As experience manifest in faster results, there are possibly risky shortcuts that go undetected. Ultimately resulting in a dangerous pattern with accidents and injuries, creating havoc and harm to people and the environment.
Here’s a 7-step process that can help in improving Behaviour Based Safety in your organization:
- Recognise grave individual behaviours
- Determine behavioural patterns that produce danger
- Identify origin
- Find lead indicators for the negative behaviour
- Generate necessary actions
- See possible solutions to hold the behaviour
- Evaluate probable actions.
With a BBS program, your entire organization from the management to frontline workers works under observation to discover unsafe or destructive behavioural tendencies.
The primary goal of a BBS program is to positively reinforce safe practices – proactively identifying naturally inclined unsafe behavioural patterns in humans and ensuring that judicious interventions are in place that encourage individuals or groups to continuously conform to EHS best practices.
Plus, it can achieve standing among customers, employees and the public – if appropriately publicized and linked to Corporate Social Responsibility, the overarching framework of BBS programs puts in place a system of timely reporting and corresponding risks to everyone.
This reinforces better risk and compliance management across the lines of defence such as business and operations, compliance and risk functions and audit. When unexpected crisis and pandemic like these emerge, best-in-class in-house practices give ideal conditions for preparation and response.
All of this fall under deliberate efforts to address and neutralize the root cause of crisis – possibly ending it (from an industrial point of view).
With the 7-step processes mentioned above, industries can put-forth an optimal approach to risk management – a holistic approach, based on the lessons, good or bad, can provide value to the industrial environment.