'Brain Based Safety' is the main subject of Ballast Nedam's new leadership programme Take Care. The course is followed by a large group of Ballast Nedam colleagues who have operational leadership roles on construction sites, such as foremen, site supervisors, site managers, project managers and project directors. They learn how the brain works in relation to (un)safe behaviour on the construction site and how to positively influence it.
This theory revolves around how the brain works and teaches participants what causes risky behaviour and how it can be prevented. It also explains why people sometimes act unsafely despite being aware of the rules and procedures.
Geert van der Linde: "Everyone has blind spots for his or her own behaviour. When a situation gets really tense, what do you do? This is a programme in which participants learn how their own brains work and how they can inspire and motivate other people. Good conversations create awareness and understanding. That's how you can break patterns."
"We need to take care of each other, but we can only do that if we understand one another. This training is therefore a crucial part of the our safety programme 'Take Care'. In my view, the training is a success when someone is held accountable for his or her behaviour and can say 'thank you' in the process. We have to protect ourselves and each other, that's what it's all about."