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Howard Lees on Safety VideoThe tools and techniques of behavioural science are particularly relevant to safety and safety leadership because almost all injuries and incidents in the workplace are a direct or indirect result of human behaviour. Behavioural Management Techniques (a blend of behavioural science tools and leadership techniques) is particularly useful for application to safety.

"From 2011 to 2013, we have reduced our reportable injuries from 26 down to 3.  I believe that a significant part of this reduction has been due to the roll out of BMT for Safety and our staff's use of Behavioural Science to improve the way we work."

Peter Farrer, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Water

Behavioural Science explains that humans behave in a certain way because of the consequences that they experience or believe that they will experience. Attitudes and beliefs are not major influencers in day-to-day behaviours; the workplace environment is a stronger driver of workplace behaviours.

By learning the principles of behavioural science it becomes possible to understand that environment, analysing why someone is doing what they are doing. Once this is understood it is possible to begin to change behaviours. 

It is worth noting the BMT for Safety is different and distinct from Behavioural-Based Safety (BBS).  Learning BMT helps our clients better implement culture change, including pre-existing safety programmes and policies.