Ask an Expert: What is the Role of Management in a Behavioral Safety Process?
by Grainne A. Matthews, Ph.D., Vice President Construction and Utilities
The role of management in your behavioral safety process depends on what you are trying to achieve with that process. If you plan to use behavioral safety as part of your efforts to improve your safety culture, then members of your supervision and management teams will be equal partners with employees in the design, rollout, and maintenance of your process. They will not only need to do the same things that other employees do to make behavioral safety a success, they will also play a unique role that only supervisors and managers can play. Like other employees, they will conduct observations, provide feedback, and serve as members of the steering team that analyzes the observation data to identify barriers to safe behavior. In their special role as leaders, depending on their position, they may also do the following: