There is much confusion among safety professionals regarding the meaning of behavior-based safety. Behavior-based safety is not a tool, but an approach toward cultivating an injury-free culture. It can be used to derive effective injury-prevention procedures, processes, and tools. The principles of behavior-based safety can be used to develop numerous tools. For example, the behavior-based approach to safety has proven effective when applied to injury investigation, education and training, ergonomics, evaluation, and the development of incentive/reward programs. Each of these successful applications of behavior-based safety adheres to 7 key principles. These principles, which should serve as guidelines when developing a behavior-based tool for safety management, are described.
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