People-Based Safety

Dr. Ludwig is a Senior Consultant with                Safety Performance Solutions (SPS), an internationally recognized safety consulting firm specializing in the customization and application of strategies and tools in behavior-based safety and people-based safety for organizations of all kinds.

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What is a People-Based Safety?

A behavior-based observation and feedback process (commonly referred to as behavior-based safety) provides visibility and control over upstream indicators of safety performance --   safe and at-risk behaviors. Using simple but effective observation techniques, coworkers observe each other and give constructive one-on-one feedback to reinforce safe work behaviors and discourage at-risk behaviors.  

Although such Actively Caring peer feedback is a powerful motivator, it is not sufficient. For lasting improvement, system-level causes of at-risk behavior must be addressed.   Therefore, observation data is collected and analyzed.   Work teams then develop intervention strategies to eliminate barriers to safe work practices.

As the observation process becomes an accepted part of the safety culture, employees begin to observe and give behavior-based feedback informally as well.   However, the details of how the observation process is designed and introduced determines the extent to which it is embraced.

How can Safety Performance Solutions help?

New Process Design & Implementation

SPS can help customize a behavior-based observation and feedback process to meet your organization's needs. We begin with a Standard Implementation Workplan and work with you to customize an approach that will best meet your needs.

Behavior-Based Safety Evaluation and Enhancement

A Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) observation and feedback process can be an effective tool to reduce injuries and improve an organization’s safety culture. To get the most that this technology has to offer, your observation process must continually evolve to keep up with the changing needs of the organization. Regular evaluations are critical to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your existing process. Recommendations for improvement opportunities are valuable outcomes of an objective assessment.  

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