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Importance of Behavioral Safety Training

Written By Navyatha Bodanapu

Importance of Behavioral Safety Training

While surfing the net, I came across an article that said companies today consider loss prevention as a priority, rather than making more profits, making me curious to know more about such considerations. After doing little more research, I found some interesting aspects about the impact of behavioral traits, in safety aspects and how imparting behavioral safety training to the employees, can sufficiently benefit organizations by shifting their attention to profit making, rather than mere loss prevention.

Behavioral safety training essentially involves training the employees on positive safety culture, including safety resources, productivity versus safety, communication, industrial relations, job satisfaction and training, physical hazards etc.

The success of the behavioral safety training implementation, cannot be assured to get right the first time, but it requires constant effort to do so, as it involves molding of one’s behavior and the fact remains that each one has their own typical behavioral traits. However, training can slowly but surely, go a long way in doing the needful.

The organizations will benefit, when they impart behavioral safety training to their employees, in the following ways.

Cultural maturity: Behavioral safety training clearly addresses aspects associated with identifying critical behaviors and carrying out observations. The training brings about maturity in the employees, in terms of culture and other related issues. This also leads to success in other areas of business.

Releases psychological stress: Psychological stress is not only because of the work load, but often because of the employee’s personal life. What so ever the reasons may be, it results in carelessness and unusual behavior of the worker, which is reflected in the work. This may sometimes prove fatal. Thus, we need is to recognize this unusual behavior and constantly try to overcome stress. Training teaches the employees about collective safety. This promotes tolerance and empathy, while looking out safety for self, as well as for co-workers.

Incorporates safe behavior: Behavioral safety training incorporates safe behavior at the workplace. Unsafe behavioral practices, such as not replacing the equipment in its right place after the job is done, leaving the equipment at the edges of the work-tables, rushing from one task to another etc. are quite common. Workers tend to often forget these precautions due to stresses and daily pressures.

When focus is laid in these aspects, through trainings, the scope for such mistakes will be definitely reduced.

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