Friday, October 21, 2011

Sustainable Business Forum: What Is Behavior-Based Safety?

To continue making progress in safety management, leaders turned to psychology to better understand human behaviour. During this time the dominant paradigm of psychology was Behaviourism and specifically operant conditioning. Operant conditioning stipulates that learning occurs over time as a function of the positive and negative reinforcement of specific behaviours. Through operant conditioning, people make associations between a behaviour and its consequences, either positive or negative. Behavioural Based Safety (BBS), based on the principles of operant conditioning developed by prominent psychologist B.F. Skinner, emerged as these principles were applied to the workplace. more

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