Behavioural Safety Programme

Underpinning Behavioural Safety for Sustained Change

Done well, a behavioural safety programme can bring significant wins for your organisation, improving safety and business performance. Done badly, it can backfire and produce resistance and recidivism.

It’s our job to make sure your organisation avoids the latter.

How do we do it? We look at the underlying drivers of behaviour and not just the behaviours themselves. This wider organisational development approach to behavioural safety is what we call Cultural Safety®. It’s the way we ‘do’ behavioural safety at OCAID.

Done Behavioural Safety. What’s Next?

OCAID has a team of specialists with many years’ experience implementing Behavioural Safety Programmes around the world. What we’ve learnt over the years is that a focus on behaviour in isolation is not effective in producing sustained safety improvement.

So you’re not alone if you’ve had mixed success in implementing a behavioural safety programme – particularly when it comes to maintaining the continuous, sustained safety improvement required by ISO45000.

As Peter Drucker once famously said, culture eats strategy for breakfast. That doesn’t mean that strategy isn’t required, but it does mean that without the right culture, you’re likely to struggle to embed your strategy into the fabric of the organisation.

The Cultural Safety® Journey is our proven three-step culture change programme, incorporating the behavioural aspects of safety as a core element, but looking deeper into how the other elements of an organisation’s culture interact with and affect safety performance. It leverages the investment you’ve already made in behavioural safety, but looks beyond behaviours to create an integrated system and environment; one that systematically promotes safety, optimises success and embeds improvements.


78% reduction in Lost Time Incidents

Terex Corporation is a large multinational organization manufacturing heavy plant equipment for a wide range of industries.

Terex Corporation started their journey due to the number of serious injuries on their sites. Their challenge was a global reduction in Lost Time Incidents (LTI’s).

A RyderMarsh OCAID consultant first worked on the Motherwell site in Scotland which at the time
was their worst performing site in terms of LTI’s. The site turned around to become one of their best
performers – from averaging 2-3 LTI’s a month to well beyond their first year LTI free. A RyderMarsh OCAID consultant subsequently worked with Terex Corporation on sites in Germany, France, Ireland, Australia, China and all across the USA.

Sites within Terex Corporation that have applied RyderMarsh OCAID Cultural Safety models saw on average a 78% reduction in LTI’s.

Jennifer Swaim, Senior VP HSE, TEREX

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Related Services

We believe that behavioural safety is best undertaken as a complete programme. But we’re pragmatic folk and understand that sometimes the reality on the ground means that for now, you require just one part of the jigsaw. We’re happy to offer the following parts of our Cultural Safety® Programme as stand-alone services:

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