During the past 40+ years, safety panaceas have produced degrees of temporary success and expensive failures. One of the most hotly debated is behavior-based safety (BBS). I contend the application of BBS is difficult to sustain over a long period of time and, frankly, becomes boring to those saddled with applying its methods to the workforce. I have often witnessed BBS fall prey to an easy excuse for blaming the worker.
For me, people constitute the greatest variable we encounter at work and at home. All of us experience our lives in so many ways, it is virtually impossible to keep track of all the contributing factors that enhance and interfere with our lives. So what makes us think BBS is a panacea to get everyone behaving in the same fashion given certain situations?