I was introduced to safety behavior in mid-eighties when our department, Saudi Aramco Yanbu Gas Plant started to utilize the STOP program of DuPont Company. We really started to participate in accident prevention by eliminating unsafe acts even though most of us had only maintenance, operation or engineering background. The fact that safety is the responsibility of every individual was realized, and leaders knew that they were further responsible for the safety of all the people reporting to them and any individual in their area.

As explained in chapter 2, we will be looking at the industry undesired safety beliefs/norms and the corresponding targeted safety culture. Two different belief systems one reflect limitation and the other aimed to excellence. The difference between the two is a cultural gap. Moreover, Implementing an excellence belief system will have very positive influence on the unsupervised behavior of employees and on management decisions. This influence will be more than  having considerable training and several safety programs.

Behavior focused safety (BFS) is a systematic approach to modify behavior of employees and contractors, influences the unsupervised employee to work safely, as he realizes value of safety rule and takes appropriate actions, removes barriers to desired safe behaviors and decision-making, and helps to make it possible to prevent all injuries.

In addition, normal behavior observation program focuses only on behavior modification, while behavior focused safety have several approaches that will improve our thinking about safety and how we handle it in a new targeted safety culture as will be  explained throughout the book, interactive workshops and related presentations with practical examples.

In summary, Behavior Focused Safety is a process that include the way we think and act about safety as per world class incident reporting and analyzing discussed in safety incident pyramid chapter, full implementation of the six steps of the world class safety model, development of safety rules handbook, behavior observation and reporting, and summary of these activities as discussed in the final chapter that include field and desk  review of key operational safety procedures and 20 critical procedures annually.

As will be  explained in/by:

  • BFS Book;
  • Interactive workshops with related book;
  • At least one power point presentation for each chapter;
  • With practical exercises & examples.