The effectiveness of behaviour based safety (BBS) in accident prevention at a pine timber processing plant in Nyanga District, Zimbabwe

Steven Jerie, Jenya Baldwin

Abstract


The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of Behaviour Based Modelling (BBM) in the timber processing operations at a pine timber processing plant in Nyanga district in Eastern Zimbabwe. A detailed descriptive study was undertaken on the effectiveness of BBM in the timber processing operations. A sample size of 20% of all the employees directly involved in timber processing operations was used in data collection. Direct field observations, interviews and questionnaires surveys were used as primary sources of data collection. Secondary data was acquired from the division`s local clinic and the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) department at the timber processing plant. Data collected was analysed using the statistical and descriptive methods. The study showed that BBM is accomplishing its intended goals although management support could increase with the prime focus centered on timber processing operations. Improvements on the existing operational procedures of Behaviour Based Modelling could, however, improve its effectiveness. The Safety, Health and Environment department should ensure that employees have the right to refuse to work under unsafe and unhealthy work conditions. Management must ensure that hazards and risks are eliminated   prior to employees commencing the work.  The procurement of Personal Protective Equipment/Clothing must be improved so as to allow the outright applicability of BBM.


Keywords


Behaviour, safety, accident prevention, pine timber processing, Personal protective clothing

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