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July 9, 2014 / Bacardi Cuba

Bacardi Limited – Behavior-Based Safety in the Workplace

Bacardi Limited is strongly committed to providing a safe and secure workplace for all its employees. To this end, a global rollout of the company’s newly established behavior-based safety program is underway: Currently in use at 56% of Bacardi’s manufacturing facilities, the program is expected to be implemented at 100% of these facilities by 2015.

Behavior-based safety (BBS) uses the science and psychology of human behavior to help change and improve the safety culture of a workplace. Essentially, the BBS approach proceeds from the view that unsafe worker behavior, or human error, is the leading cause of workplace accidents. To help correct this, a BBS program delves into the reasons behind those particular behaviors and implements research- or data-based policies and procedures to help change them. A BBS program takes into account particular workplace elements including equipment, environment, procedures, and attitudes.

In order to be effective, a BBS program must include all the members of a particular workplace, from management to operatives; a sense of buy-in and personal investment from everyone in the workplace is vital to the program’s success. To date, Bacardi’s BBS program rollout has featured a number of initiatives and events designed to involve all employees and encourage everyone to take part in creating a safer working environment. An example of this was the safety day held at Bacardi’s MARTINI facility in Pessione, Italy. Over the course of the day, employees attended and participated in meetings, demonstrations, presentations, and activities covering the basic philosophy behind the BBS program, as well as specific subjects such as explosion hazards and personal protective equipment.

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