This presentation was filmed at the 2015 Behavior Safety Now Conference
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”
That “Zero Harm” goal on all the posters may seem insurmountable. A more fruitful path is to get to the numbers behind the number… a path to get you Below Zero. Let’s learn how some companies achieve Below Zero.
Communication is the key to a positive safety culture: Peers giving feedback about risk to peers, supervisors sharing safety tips with their team, managers looking at data and asking questions. The more everyone talks about safety the better…and if we can measure it, better yet. Reporting is a behavior we can promote among our employees. Reporting helps us discover where injuries lurk. Reporting allows us to intervene proactively to make the workplace safer before injuries happen. Reporting is a measure of communication and a really good one. Use it to get below Zero… better best.
About the presenter:
Tim Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavior based safety programs under E. Scott Geller. His popular website Safety-Doc.com is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services. Dr. Ludwig was cited in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) “Power 101” Leaders in the Safety and Health World. Dr. Ludwig serves on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies’ Behavioral Safety Accreditation Commission that reviews best-in-industry safety practices and offers independent, objective feedback on safety programs.
Dr. Ludwig is a Distinguished Graduate Professor at Appalachian State University where he teaches in the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Masters program. Dr. Ludwig’s teaching has been recognized with the North Carolina University Board of Governors’ Excellence award and has been inducted into the University’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Dr. Ludwig served as editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and is the past President of the Organizational Behavior Management Network.
He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles that empirically document the successes of methods to improve safety and quality in industry through behavior-based solutions. His books include Intervening to Improve the Safety of Occupational Driving which reviewed 10 years of behavior-based safety in the product delivery industry and Behavioral Systems: Understanding Complexity in Organizations which presented contributions from 15 top scholars and practitioners in the field of Behavior Systems Analysis. His upcoming books include Best-in-Class Safety which benchmarks how companies with the best safety records succeed and Ticklish Safety Tales: Stories with a Purpose which draws on his experience working internationally with safety programs.