Is it Human Performance or Behavior-Based Safety that gets you Pro-Bowl Players?

Is it Human Performance or Behavior-Based Safety that gets you Pro-Bowl Players?

Human Performance and BBS have different reputations (criticisms). “BBS focuses too much on the worker while only giving a nod to the organization’s role.” and “Human Performance is always pointing its finger at the organization while constantly giving the worker a ‘no blame’ pass.” Both of these reputations are inaccurate but probably well earned. The reason is twofold: It’s by design and decline.

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Human Performance and Behavior-Based Safety: What's the Difference?

Human Performance and Behavior-Based Safety: What's the Difference?

Human Performance and BBS have different reputations (criticisms). “BBS focuses too much on the worker while only giving a nod to the organization’s role.” and “Human Performance is always pointing its finger at the organization while constantly giving the worker a ‘no blame’ pass.” Both of these reputations are inaccurate but probably well earned. The reason is twofold: It’s by design and decline.

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Human Performance and Behavior-Based Safety—How to Spot Imposters

Human Performance and Behavior-Based Safety—How to Spot Imposters

The first thing we need to do to start unwinding all of this is to recognize a confusing problem: Too many people are misapplying the term Behavior-Based Safety, or BBS. Like Human Performance, true BBS is supposed to address ALL the factors that influence worker decisions.

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Compliance Does Not Equal Safe

Compliance Does Not Equal Safe

As crazy as this picture looks, if we are just focusing on compliance, this guy is in pretty good shape. He has his gloves, safety shoes, and a hardhat, but is probably missing eye protection and fall protection. Three out of five isn’t too bad; he’s not perfect, but he’s not completely wrong. Mostly right is still right, right?

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