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Behavioral Minute: Effective Safety Interactions
While frequent, short discussions between managers or supervisors and frontline employees is an important key to safety, it’s how these conversations are handled that will determine their effectiveness. 


Professional Safety Asks Aubrey Daniels
Professional Safety
"You can't talk people into safety. It is about the actions rather than the words" - Aubrey Daniels 

Behavioral Lessons Learned: Senior Leadership Actions for Effective Prevention
Facility Safety Management
Documents like the Columbia Shuttle Accident Investigation Board report or the Chemical Safety Board's Texas City Refinery report uncover an important truth about workplace safety: Severe injuries and fatalities in the workplace consistently can be traced to a break in the chain from the leadership to the front line. 

ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Aubrey Daniels: “Senior leaders must understand the science of behavior”
ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Aubrey Daniels, founder of Aubrey Daniels International, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “What Works Best Doesn’t Come Naturally: Leadership Actions for Preventing Loss.”

Towing the Safety Line at Moran
PM eZine
With 100 tugboats on the water, safety is obviously a priority and Moran has a top-notch safety record. For example, almost half of the organization’s fleet were awarded the 2012 Devlin Award, an award going to all manned merchant vessels that have operated for two or more years without a crew member losing a complete turn at watch due to injury. They are one of the best in the business when it comes to safety, but they also have people who say, "We can probably get better." 

Norðurál: Casting Behavior-Based Safety in a Positive Light
PM eZine
The people at Norðurál, Iceland’s largest industrial facility, wanted to address every possibility for risk when they opened the sprawling aluminum smelting operation in 1998.

7 Keys for Creating a Safety Culture
Aubrey Daniels' Blog
In my consulting work and in presenting to large groups, the topic of creating or supporting a safety culture comes up without fail.  What I find most often is a varied understanding of what is needed by leaders and employees to ingrain a safety culture into the fabric of their organization. 

Norfolk Southern seeks to improve railroad safety by cultivating a new safety culture
Progressive Railroading
In November 2010, Yardmaster Robert Garland sent an email to Norfolk Southern Corp. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Wick Moorman. As part of an online “Wick’s Page” program launched several years ago, the CEO fields employees’ questions to enhance communication with the workforce.

Are Nuclear Power Plants Too Safe?
Aubrey Daniels' Blog
...The danger I see for the nuclear power industry comes from overconfidence resulting from the high reliability of processes and equipment in the industry.  Therefore, the real danger may be more from human performance than nuclear radiation...

Behavior-Based Safety in Healthcare
PM eZine
When you think of safety risks you might think of industries such as mining, oil and gas, or construction, but workers in healthcare also get hurt. Hospitals provide services that range from fairly routine to very complex treatments...

Will Safety Issues Entangle Spiderman?
Aubrey Daniels' Blog
Workplace safety will not improve until OSHA learns the basics of behavior change...

Removing Barriers to Achieving Exceptional Safety
PM eZine
Truly effective champions of behavior-based safety (BBS) play many important roles from attaining employee buy-in...

Safety in the News...While we are still Safe By Accident
Aubrey Daniels' Blog
One of the biggest challenges in safety is getting people to do what they are supposed to do...

Behavior-Based Safety Leadership Avoid Being Safe by Accident
PM eZine
One of the biggest challenges in safety is getting people to do what they are supposed to do...

Injury-Based Incentives a Bad Idea for Promoting Workplace Safety
Metal Center News
Businesses often offer employees incentives to reward them for working safely. But such incentives can create problems, most notably the underreporting of accidents, and don't necessarily promote workplace safety...

Integrating Strengths of Behavior-Based Safety with Effective Process Safety Management 
PM eZine
There are many practice areas in safety where subject matter experts, consultants and performers fail to appreciate what each has to offer the other...

A Culture of Safety Ownership at Malt-O-Meal
PM eZine
Rapid growth—today Malt-O-Meal operates six plants and eight distribution centers—hasn't compromised the company's dedication to product safety or to the safety of the employees who produce those products...

Inspecting Our Way to Safer Food?
Aubrey Daniels' Blog
Inspections lead to penalties and punishment for those they find in violation. In an article I wrote for the Washington Post, I explain how penalties and punishment will NOT lead to safer food and offer some alternative approaches instead...

Why Relationships Matter in Safety
PM eZine
Have you ever noticed how supervisors who have good relationships with their crews tend to have safer crews?  In fact, good relationships tend to be associated with all kinds of good performance. Why would this be so?

Misplaced Accountability for Accidents: Finding the cause but Not the Cure
PM eZine
Of course, in safety, accountability is essential, but the question is, does accountability always have to include negative consequences? In too many cases, accountability translates into disciplinary action against the frontline worker(s) directly tied to the accident (such as verbal and written warnings, suspension, and even termination)...

Is Safety Really Your Top Priority?
PM eZine
Ask almost any organization, particularly those tasked with producing something and you’ll find that not all employees agree...

BP was “Gambling with Safety”, are you?
Aubrey Daniels Blog
In a recent NY Times article the chairman of a government panel investigating the gulf rig explosion said that “time after time, BP appeared to have gambled with safety”.  While it is easy to vilify BP, they are not the only ones gambling with safety.  In our experience, many companies gamble with safety, albeit unknowingly.

Food Safety: Who is in Control? Would you believe nobody?
Aubrey Daniels Blog
With the recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning caused by egg contamination, it raises the debate yet again, “Who’s in Control of our food safety?”...

Employees Have Spoken...Fear and Failed Leadership Prove Disastrous in Safety
Aubrey Daniels Blog
Results of a confidential survey completed by BP employees in the weeks before the rig exploded are unveiled. Most alarmingly, safety concerns of workers on the rig included: fear of reporting mistakes, observed unsafe behavior, unreliable and unsafe equipment and poor decision making.

Wanted: Safety Accountability
PM eZine
Devoted WV resident ignites a discussion on managements role in keeping mines safe. 

What IS Behavior-Based Safety?
PM eZine

While in the process of writing a new safety leadership book with his colleague Judy Agnew, Aubrey Daniels began thinking about the evolution of behavior-based safety...

Deadly Decisions: An Interview with Dwight Harshbarger, author of Witness at Hawks Nest
PM eZine
Written prior to the recent mining disaster at Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, this article, by behavioral safety specialist, Dr. Dwight Harshbarger, details how the past predicts the present, serving as a dire warning against complacency at worksites.  

Commercial Vehicle Safety: Onboard Safety Monitoring as Part of Behavioral Safety Management
PM eZine
Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) is the application of scientific behavior principles to modifying safety-related behaviors and reducing accidents and injuries. In the context of driving safely, this means changing drivers’ risky behaviors and styles, thereby reducing road risks, crashes, and traffic violations... 

Driven to Distraction: Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab
NY Times
Crisscrossing the country, hundreds of thousands of long-haul truckers use computers in their cabs to get directions and stay in close contact with dispatchers, saving precious minutes that might otherwise be spent at the side of the road... 

Safety and the Science of Human Behavior
EHS Today
In an interview with EHS Today, leadership expert Dr. Aubrey C. Daniels discussed positive reinforcement, realistic safety goals, incentives and how the science of behavior can impact workplace safety... 

What’s Behavior Got to do with Safety
OSHA Compliance Advisor Page 3
A Great Deal, Says Someone Who Ought to Know. If you use behavior-based safety (BBS), you likely know what the observation and feedback method of incident reduction is all about...

What’s Safety Got to do with Behavior
Safety Daily Advisor, Part 1
Behavior-based safety uses observation and feedback to reduce workplace accidents. Proponents say it’s a scientific way to identify at-risk behaviors and change them...

Reinforcing and Evaluating Behavior-based Safety
Safety Daily Advisor, Part 2
Consequences, both positive and negative, drive behavior. According to Agnew, “positive reinforcement is a desirable consequence that follows a behavior and increases its frequency in the future.” In a workplace context it exists in various forms...

FMC Mines with Safety
PM eZine
The people at FMC’s Green River facility produce and refine natural soda ash from ore so that we can have glass along with a number of other items such as detergents, paper, textiles, and baking soda. Green River’s managers have discovered an exciting and different way of empowering their workforce... 

Stress & Safety: A Costly Relationship
PM eZine
This is the first of several articles offered by Aubrey Daniels International (ADI) to increase awareness of the high cost of stress in the workplace. During these times in particular, stress is being experienced everywhere and at every employment level. Managing stress at work is critical to business and employee success...

Texting While Driving Puts Spotlight on Behavior Based Safety
Aubrey Daniels' Blog
This graphic video on the dangers of texting and driving has been viewed more than 4 million times according to an article in The New York Times. 

For The Record: Incentives and Safety
PM eZine
At a behavior-based safety conference, I heard speakers say warn of the danger of "dangling a carrot" in front of people as a means of getting them to act safety. The implication was that safe behavior generated this way was inferior to behavior generated by other means. The words and phrases, "gimmick" and "dangling a carrot," are emotionally laden and tend to convey a superficial approach and even sinister motive behind such attempts to get people to work safely. With all due respect to the experience of those who expressed such beliefs, the issue whether incentives, gimmicks, and carrots have a place in developing an effective safety culture is not a matter of anyone’s belief, it is an empirical matter.

Optimizing Your BBS Investment
PM eZine
For decades businesses have approached workplace safety initiatives as separate from those operations that directly affect fiscal success. Such a view at least partially explains the management myopia of those who just don't seem to get it: BBS is a technology that addresses behaviors related to safety, but the same technology can easily transition to any other aspect of work that includes behavior.