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The SAFE-T-VIEW© Observational Process


safe-t-viewThe SAFE-T-VIEW© Observational Process is a fundamental element of Transformational Safety’s SAFE-T-SOS© Psycho-Behavioural Technologies.

It is the observation-feedback process that is the cornerstone of ninety percent plus (90+%) of trdaditional behavioural safety systems. There are all sorts of reasons for that approach, and you are encouraged to review the behavioural safety primer produced by the UK Health and Safety Executive is you wish to dig deeper.

The “observational process” though is a means to and end, and we at Transformational Safety® take a very unique approach to maximizing leverage from the interactions around observed behaviour.  SAFE-T-VIEW© is a key part of the journey.

Remember that one of the initials steps when designing an observational process for your workplace is defining safe/unsafe observable behaviours and creating a simple pro forma/checklist for the recording of task observations against those parameters. As time goes by, if all goes according to the traditional behavioural model (life is rarely that kind), you shall begin to see far more “safe” behaviours than the “unsafe”. In other words the requirement to provide constructive feedback around correcting unsafe behaviours shall diminish. After all, that is why you have jumped aboard the behavioural train, is it not?

ABC Model

Remember what “C” stands for in the A-B-C behavioural feedback model. It stands for “Consequences”. What that means is that the “communication” that occurs at the point-of-contact is the critical point in the behavioural observation process. You can stand around and record as much safe/unsafe behaviour as you like; if you don’t manage to utilize that opportunity to encourage those people observed to continue and see value in the “safe” way of doing things, your BBS Process shall fail. For heavens sake do not make the mistake of thinking that pretty charts showing the ratio of safe/unsafe behaviours is a good indicator of how things are going. It might only take ONE unsafe behaviour, in combination with a process fault or two, for something to go “bang”. Not a good outcome for anyone.

The safety literature clearly tells us that the application of the Transformational Safety® competencies contributes to higher levels of Safety Engagement. It has also been shown that the greater the level of Safety Engagement within the workplace the higher level of discretionary behaviours around the safety equation. To put that another way; ensuring that the behavioural observation process incorporates transformational safety communication competencies at the point of contact we actually end up making a contribution at the “A” point on the A-B-C behavioural feedback model. That is the ultimate goal of any behavioural safety system; to modify the behaviour of employees to a point where they make “safe” decisions as a matter of course. Not unlike the reaching for the seat-belt.

ABC Model Loop

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“Most organizations operate in failure states and that just remains invisible because bad stuff is not happening. We might call that the ‘normalization of deviance’ and, make no mistake, it will kill.”

David G Broadbent

Safety Psychologist, Transformational Safety

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Ricky, Atlanta

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“I was fortunate to attend Transformational Safety’s Anatomies of Disaster Program. This was amongst the most powerful two days I have ever spent in a room. From the outset David Broadbent set the scene by dedicating the program to the late Rick Rescorla – the man who is credited with saving over 2700 lives on 9/11. Throughout the two days David would often respectively reflect and remember those who had died, or been injured, in the disasters we explored. He would say, and I will never forget, “…we must always remember those that lost their lives lift us up into the light of understanding”. I learnt so much. HRO, Resilience Engineering, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and more. Those of us who were there are still talking about it…… Thankyou David

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