BBS Movement in India

Dr. Kaila Harbans Lal, Director- Forum of Behavioural Safety

Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) as an application of behavioural science has been widely accepted worldwide. BBS is an important tool for building a safety culture in the industry, helping in achieving the goal of zero accident. BBS has been successfully implemented in prestigious Indian organisations such as GAIL, HPCL, IOCL, L&T, Vedanta, Tata Projects, Sterlite Power, Pidilite, Hindustan Construction, Afcons, Privi Organics, DCM, Galaxy and many more.

Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) as an application of behavioural science has been widely accepted worldwide. BBS is an important tool for building safety culture in industry, helping in achieving the goal of zero accident. BBS has been successfully implemented in prestigious Indian organisations such as GAIL, HPCL, IOCL, L&T, Vedanta, Tata Projects, Sterlite Power, Pidilite, Hindustan Construction, Afcons, Privi Organics, DCM, Galaxy and many more. 

  • Participation in BBS training programs has changed from Contract staff to CEO, MD, business heads, Directors.
  • Focus from mere observation to spot-correction.
  • Focus from unsafe conditions to at-risk behavior.
  • Change in Approach: from reactive to proactive.
  • Understanding that behavior impacts and hits the business.
  • Realizing that organizational Culture drives at-risk behaviors.
  • BBS Scoreboard is necessary to understand the trends of at-risk behaviors.
  • Understanding that more observers mean more corrections at the site.
  • Rewarding observers is must to sustain the BBS system.

The Forum for Behavioral Safety (BESAFE), a non-profit organization has been spearheading the cause of fostering a safe and healthy work place in Indian industry. The objective of BESAFE is to focus on ensuring zero unsafe behaviors which in effect would mean zero harm and zero incidence of accidents. As a result more industries have introduced BBS system. Earlier only manufacturing, engineering companies were interested but now construction and service industries are also coming forward.

The Forum for Behavioral Safety (BESAFE) has been organising the National BBS Conferences regularly. Recently, the Third Annual Indian National BBS Conference on “Measurable Impacts of BBS Implementation in Indian Industry” was held at the PHD Chamber of Commerce, New Delhi on January 28, 2019 in collaboration with the Indo American Chamber of Commerce and VisionOSH Technologies. The national conference has enabled Indian industry to achieve zero harm criterion to save life as well as business”.

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