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DEKRA's Employee-Led Safety System Transforms Performance

Feb 5, 2021 1:23:03 PM / by DEKRA

Keeping workers safe is an organizational priority, and one of the most effective ways to protect frontline employees is behavior-based safety (BBS). While some so-called BBS processes masquerade as true employee-driven safety systems, they are in fact little more than behavioral checklists that fail to integrate organizational elements essential to sustained success.

Since the 1990s, DEKRA’s Behavioral Accident Prevention Process (BAPP®) has been leading the way in BBS performance improvement. Tailored to meet client’s specific needs, BAPP is a comprehensive method for achieving workplace safety and business objectives. The approach incorporates a sustainable model focused on identifying critical behaviors, gathering actionable data, providing performance-improving feedback, and leveraging safety findings to remove barriers to safe work.

BAPP’s robust model has transformed safety performance for hundreds of client sites across the world. In fact, BAPP technology is proven to reduce incidents (on average) by 25% in one year, 35% in two, and 45% after just three years of implementation.

This remarkable success rate caught the eye of researchers and industry leaders alike. One independent academic researcher in particular took notice. This researcher out of the Cambridge University Judge School of Business had firsthand experience with just how successful BAPP is while working in the field with a few of our clients. His perception was that we were doing something uniquely sustainable and impactful, and he wanted to know how it worked and if there were general lessons for business process interventions that could be adapted to other problems.

The result is an exhaustive study of over 3 million behavior-based safety observations, monthly incident frequencies, and exposure hours from nearly 360 client sites. The findings confirm BAPP’s enduring success rate and reveal some surprising insights into how leaders can optimize the process’s effectiveness.

These findings are presented in a new white paper The Future of Behavior-Based Safety. Written by DEKRA manager of research and development, Gennifer Lyon, the paper covers:

  • Revealing research out of the University of Cambridge Judge School of Business about our process
  • Statistical analysis of how effective BAPP is at sustaining lower injury rates
  • The best strategies for getting the most out of behavior-based safety
  • Optimal observation practices and training approaches

Download The Future of Behavior-Based Safety now!

Topics: Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Workplace safety, safety leadership, culture, exposure, analytics


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