Steve Roberts, Ph.D. – Building an Ideal Safety Culture
Organizations have historically focused on improving safety by addressing the work environment. Eliminating/mitigating hazards, providing better tools and equipment, and developing and enforcing safe procedures are all valuable approaches that have understandably worked well at improving safety. But many organizations have reached a plateau, finding that relying primarily on these approaches without taking a more comprehensive view of safety produces only marginal gains. A work environment that minimizes, contains, or controls serious hazards should be a necessary precondition for an ideal safety culture, but it is not enough. An ideal safety culture would develop continuous improvement activities around at least six components of safety, including Leadership, Systems, Behaviors, Employee Engagement, Internal Person Factors, and Conditions. This presentation will focus on understanding and developing each of these critical dimensions of safety.
Steve is co-founder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. He earned an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and a M.A. and Ph.D. (Under Dr. E. Scott Geller) in Applied/Experimental Psychology with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management from Virginia Tech.