Published quarterly, the newsletter focuses on behavior-based interventions for improving workplace safety and productivity. The team of Quality Safety Edge associates contributes articles based on their clients’ real-world experiences.

News events related to conferences and conventions, workshops, and developments in the behavioral management world are featured. New articles on the qualitysafetyedge.com web site, as well as presentations posted from conferences such as Behavioral Safety Now, are highlighted.


Self-Observations for Lone Workers and Small Crews
Terry McSween, President & CEO
Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Self-Observations for Lone Workers and Small Crews by Terry E. McSween, Ph.D. Many organizations struggle to address the safety of lone workers and small crews. One strategy to get those workers involved in an organization’s safety improvement efforts is through a process of self-observations. My clients are often skeptical of self-observations. That skepticism usually has two sides: one is grounded in the fact that self-observations have to be managed differently than peer to peer...
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Is Your BBS Process Doing What it Needs to be Doing?

Friday, 20 March 2015

Is Your BBS Process Doing What it Needs to be Doing? Last December, in Houston, the national OSHA Oil & Gas Conference brought renewed attention to the importance of addressing the prevention of serious incidents and fatalities. Drs. Terry McSween, CEO and President of Quality Safety Edge, and Judith Stowe, Co-Founder and Sr. Program Director, both presented papers on aspects of this topic in relation to Behavior-Based Safety (BBS). Numerous papers covered many of the basic issues in safety...
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Three Things You Can Do Now to Stay Safe at Work
Jerry Pounds
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Most companies try to keep you safe. Safety training, protective equipment, guards, rules and regulations – all devoted to protecting you from injury. Then there are safety initiatives like Behavior Based Safety; a great process for helping you manage what you and your coworkers do on the job to stay safe. What none of these worthy, preventive activities do is manage what’s going on in your head; only you can do that. What you are thinking and feeling are private events that only you have...
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Behavioral Safety Now Conference Celebrates 20th Anniversary!
Terry McSween, President & CEO
Monday, 22 September 2014

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. Why? This could be a good topic of conversation at the 2014 Behavioral Safety Now (BSN) Conference, the 20th anniversary of that...
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Safety Leadership
Terry McSween, President & CEO
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The phrase “leadership support” has become a cliché in discussing safety. We always hear about the importance of leadership support and “walking the talk.” The reason we hear so much about such support is because it is important. Yet it is too often poorly defined. Leadership support is often seen as just delivering a series of messages about the importance of safety. However, building leadership support requires the same type of analysis and planning that goes into implementing the...
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The Role of Leadership in Behavioral Safety Observation
Terry McSween, President & CEO
Thursday, 30 January 2014

By Terry McSween, Ph. D. Note: This article was initially written for another publication, but was never published. However, we are including it here because we think the information has value and practical application for our readers. —Terry McSween. Maurice Bazinet, Scott Cook, Chevron Canada Resources and Terry E. McSween, Ph.D., Quality Safety Edge In previous research published in Professional Safety magazine (“Behavioral Safety in a Refinery,” August 2009), we showed the importance...
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Ask an Expert: What is the Role of Management in a Behavioral Safety Process?
Grainne Matthews
Tuesday, 28 January 2014

by Grainne A. Matthews, Ph.D., Vice President Construction and Utilities The role of management in your behavioral safety process depends on what you are trying to achieve with that process. If you plan to use behavioral safety as part of your efforts to improve your safety culture, then members of your supervision and management teams will be equal partners with employees in the design, rollout, and maintenance of your process. They will not only need to do the same things that other...
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The Heart of a Successful Behavior-Based Safety Process
Jerry Pounds
Tuesday, 28 January 2014

by Jerry Pounds, President, International Division The heart of a successful behavior based safety process. Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is a process that has been implemented by most major companies around the world. It has been in existence for almost 30 years and has significantly reduced injuries in every business and industry. Many issues act as barriers to effectively integrating BBS into a company's safety management system. Yet, one primary mistake makes effective BBS impossible: a lack...
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Time Management is Safety Management
Daniel J. Moran
Tuesday, 28 January 2014

by Daniel Moran, Ph.D. Worldwide, safety champions and industry leaders strive to maximize their effectiveness on the job. I’ve noticed that no matter what industries these leaders work in, they often complain of having a similar problem: not enough time to get everything completed. Now you might think that there are many other things to discuss in a behavior-based safety newsletter, but time-management skills can certainly contribute to the overall effectiveness of a company’s safety...
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Leadership Roles in Behavior-Based Observations
Super User
Monday, 30 December 2013

by Terry McSween During my “Introduction to Behavioral Safety” workshop this year at the Behavioral Safety Now Conference, I had a number of companies participating that already had behavioral safety processes in place. Many of these companies were looking for ways to enhance the functioning of their existing behavioral safety process. In our discussions about management support, our recommendation that leadership participate in behavioral safety observations received a great deal of...
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Safety Observations: Voluntary or Mandatory?
Super User
Monday, 30 December 2013

The Complacency Index: The Value of Voluntary Observations by Terry McSween This quarter we introduce a new section to the newsletter; Terry McSween, the president and Chief Executive Officer of Quality Safety Edge, will share his experience on a current topic in Behavioral Safety. Terry welcomes your questions and invites you to email him about an issue you would like to see him address in future columns.
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Behavior-Based Safety Applies to Ergonomics
Super User
Monday, 30 December 2013

by Tom Burns Common Elements – Ergonomics and Behavioral Safety Processes Traditional Ergonomics and Behavioral Safety processes typically have much in common. The elements common to both processes usually include the utilization of teams with members from all levels of the organization to drive the processes and the observation of workplace tasks by team members. From a broad perspective, the objective of each of these processes is to identify critical risk factors and to implement effective...
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The Hispanic Workforce and Safety Culture
Super User
Monday, 30 December 2013

By Horacio Roman, M.A. “Get Rich or Die Trying” is the title of rap song by artist 50Cent. Sadly, the title fittingly describes the experiences of many Hispanic workers in the United States. Recently, I became aware that Hispanics are the only demographic group in the U.S. whose fatality rate increased between 1992 and 2002. This increase triggered OSHA mandates targeting these workers.
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The Right Kind of Feedback Fuels Behavior-Based Safety
Super User
Monday, 30 December 2013

By Grainne Matthews If you are interested in improving performance (whether it be safety or any other dimension of workplace performance such as quality, productivity, or leadership), you probably think of feedback as one of the essential components of any program you plan to implement. For example, in behavioral safety, observation and feedback is often said to be the heart and soul of the process.
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Developing an Effective Steering Committee
Super User
Monday, 30 December 2013

by Terry McSween One of the significant advances in Behavioral Safety (BBS) over the past ten years has been the documented improvement in how well companies are able to sustain such initiatives for many years. One of the keys to this success is establishing an effective Steering Committee to oversee and manage the process.
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