Behavioural Health & Safety

Let’s start with sharing some beliefs:

   ‘Nobody goes to work planning to injure themselves.’

      ‘Nobody can think about health and safety all day.’

         ‘We’ve all got a need to save time, energy and money.’

            ‘We all take risks - otherwise we’d never leave the house.’

               ‘We’ve all got a lot of things on our minds.’


Health and Safety is a culture; what we see, hear and feel helps us to learn informally from all those who we come into contact with most frequently.  When we start a new job, we’re looking for clues to guide our future behaviours.  What our colleagues and workmates are doing is often given much more credence than standard training events. 

How many times have you heard people say; ‘that’s what you should do and they tell you to do, but this is what happens in reality’

For years organisations have been focussing on the negative messages around unsafe acts and unsafe conditions.  Posters and negative visual messages in our places of work or on site, don’t work as effectively as we believe that they should- their message gets diluted.


So what’s the answer? 

It’s about understanding people.  Any effective health and safety training programme has to help your people to:

- understand the human contribution to causing accidents

- support each other break poor habits and make good ones

- promote a safety reminder culture

- communicate positively about safety

- observe and safeguard against trends

- be pro-active about safety