Despite decades of improvements in occupational safety, avoidable incidents still occur daily across all industries. Recent catastrophic events in the Gulf of Mexico and the mines of West Virginia shine a blinding spotlight on the failures of safety leadership. Why is it so hard to get safety right?
In attempts to improve safety, companies institute safety programs, purchase specialized equipment, and engage in safety practices that they believe have a positive impact. Unfortunately the measure of that impact is flawed. Having a low incident rate is no guarantee that an organization is safe. Due to decades of improvements, the hazardous conditions and at-risk behavior that remain in many organizations today only occasionally result in incidents. Going a month, a year, or even several years without an incident may be a function of sheer luck. In many cases companies are Safe by Accident.
Moving beyond finger pointing, behavioral safety experts and authors, Dr. Judy L. Agnew and Dr. Aubrey C. Daniels, deliver leaders a powerful message with clear calls to action in this data-based, practical approach to ensuring organizations are safe by design, not Safe by Accident. Agnew and Daniels reveal how behavioral science can help safety professionals and leaders foster a company-wide culture of safety–from the boardroom to supervisors to the employees on the front lines. Starting with the seven common safety leadership practices that don’t work (and what to do instead) to broader and more strategic recommendations that leaders can incorporate to create a high-performance safety culture, this book is essential for leaders who want to improve safety in their organization.
Author: Judy Agnew & Aubrey Daniels
Publisher: Performance Management Publications
About the Author
Dr. Judy L. Agnew is Sr. Vice President of Safety Solutions at Aubrey Daniels International (ADI). She has more than 19 years of consulting experience working with clients to create behavior-based interventions that lead to optimal and sustainable organizational change. Author of Removing Obstacles to Safety, Agnew is a recognized thought leader in the field of behavioral safety and has presented at major safety conferences, including the National Safety Council and Behavioral Safety Now. Dr. Aubrey C. Daniels is founder of Aubrey Daniels International (ADI) and the world's leading authority on behavioral science in the workplace. He is the author of four best-selling management classics including Bringing Out the Best in People and Measure of a Leader. Daniels is a passionate thought leader and internationally recognized expert on management, leadership, and workplace issues and has received numerous awards for his work in the field of behavior analysis.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Science of Behavior
1. The ABC Model and the Role of Consequences
2. Effective Consequences and the Role of Antecedents
Part II: Seven Safety Practices that Wast Time and Money
3. Practice #1: Focusing on Lagging Indicators
4. Practice #2: Injury Based Incentive Programs
5. Practice #3: Awareness Training
6. Practice #4: Safety Signage
7. Practice #5: Punishing People Who Make Mistakes
8. Practice #6: Misunderstanding Near Misses
9. Practice #7: Thinking That Checklists Change Behavior
Part III: Effective Safety Leadership
10. Relationship Development
11. Using Science to Understand At-Risk Behavior: PIC/NIC Analysis(R)
12. Using Science to Understand At-Risk Behavior: The Rare Error
13. Maintaining a Safe Physical Environment
14. Encouraging Safe Behavior
15. Safe for What? Pulling It All Together
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