Behavior-based safety 2022: today’s evidence

It’s fair to say I haven’t posted a lot of behavioural/BBS research (yeah…“I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise” to quote Fight Club).

This is partly because, in my view, behaviour already captures a significant amount of organisational airtime. And also, I think it can distract from higher-order design changes in less mature organisations.

Nevertheless, in order to partially balance my site’s articles, here’s a recent open access paper which evaluated the implementation of DEKRA’s proprietary BBS program across 88 clients (called BAPP).

Not a summary since the paper is open access (link below), but some key findings included:

·        Statistically significant reductions in injuries – being an average 25% reduction in injuries in the first year, 34% reduction at the second year and a 42% reduction by the end of the third year

·        Significant changes in survey performance using the Organisational Culture Diagnostic Instrument – some specific changes in category scores are shown below

·        More common workplace observations led to greater injury reductions, see below

Authors: Jim Spigener, Gennifer Lyon & Terry McSween (2022) Behavior-based safety 2022: today’s evidence, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 42:4, 336-359.

Study link:

Link to the LinkedIn article:


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