Behavioral Safety Now Conference Celebrates 20th Anniversary!
In 1901, a 63-year-old teacher, Anna Edson Taylor, plunged over the raging waters of Niagara Falls in a barrel. She survived and was the first person to try the stunt, but not the last. Of the 21 people who later purposefully dared riding the falls, 16 survived and five perished.
No one argues that going over Niagara is an unsafe act, but people continue to try.
This could be a good topic of conversation at the 2014 Behavioral Safety Now (BSN) Conference, the 20th anniversary of that event to be held at the Buffalo, New York Hyatt Regency on October 7-9. Attendees and their families may want to ponder the unsafe behavior of daredevils during a tour of the falls, but the main attraction is the conference itself.
How Good is Your Safety Program? Learn About Outstanding BBS Performance
Dwight Harshbarger, Ph.D., Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
Outstanding performance in behavioral safety will receive special attention at the 2006 Behavioral Safety Now conference, October 3 – 5 in Kansas City. Keynote addresses will be given by the CEOs of two companies whose behavioral safety programs have been reviewed and accredited by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Lee McConnell, who heads the Acetate Fibers Division of Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee, and Don Kernan, general manager of SuperValu’s Midwest Regional Distribution Center will address the conference.
The things leaders do and say creates your safety culture which in turn supports or discourages your safety improvement initiative. World class safety requires safety leadership. Without the right leadership support, sooner or later you hit a wall—progress slows down, maybe your safety data goes the wrong way.
Congratulations to Terry McSween who this May received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Management Network at the 2010 36th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Success at Congreso de Seguridad in Bogotá, Colombia
QSE recently presented a full-day workshop on the practical aspects of BBS at Congreso de Seguridad in Bogotá, Colombia. Attendance was full-room capacity and the reviews were universally excellent. Two different attendees took the opportunity to express to the group that BBS is truly the most effective way to improve safety. One gentleman was from a very large open-pit mining facility in North Colombia, and the other from another South American country.
QSE Offers Visible Safety Leadership Training Workshop
By Mike Johnson
Research clearly demonstrates that observable safety leadership actions are more important to improving safety performance than anything else leaders do. Safety leadership is developed through the day-to-day interactions between leaders and front-line employees.
QSE Offers BBS Essentials®: New Options for Smaller Businesses
Even a company of 100 or less employees faces safety concerns, but sometimes a professional behavior-based safety process just isn’t in the budget. Now it can be with BBS Essentials, a behavior-based process designed for full impact on employee job behavior and affordability. Developed by Quality Safety Edge specifically for smaller facilities with fewer employees, the process costs less, but achieves the same dramatic reductions in injuries that have made behavior-based safety the process of choice to achieve world-class safety results.
Spotlight: Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management—the official journal of the OBM Network—is a periodical devoted specifically to scientific principles to improve organizational performance through behavioral change. The journal publishes research and review articles, reports from the field, discussions, and book reviews on the topics that are critical to today’s organization development practitioners, operations managers, and human resource professionals.
Quality Safety Edge’s Angelica Grindle recently presented a one-day, introduction to behavior-based safety (BBS) workshop at Montana’s SafetyFestMT, held in Billings. Grindle came away pleased at the positive reception of her class and with the experience of meeting and sharing strategies with other safety professionals. “The event is chockful of great information,” she says.
I have been an enthusiast of BBS since 1989 when I had exposure to BST in Mobile, Alabama, while working for Exxon. At the same time I studied extensively the works of and about W. Edwards Deming— work he did in Japan and began in the United States— along with Steven Covey’s Seven Habits. From the personal experience I had with accidents in my work and those that I had witnessed, I knew that much more was needed than just traditional safety and that the BBS processes held the answer.
Enhance Inspection and Treatment of Hidden Risks; Create a Safe and Harmonious Working Environment
Recently, Chinasafety.gov reported on the behavior-based safety (BBS) process implemented by Embraco-Xuehua Compressors Co. Ltd., in Beijing (See a translation of the article below). While BBS is relatively new to China, such publications reflect the growing interest of China’s business community.