Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Invited Tutorial #293
CE Offered: PSY
Taking the Luck out of Safety: A Behavioral Approach to Safety Leadership
Monday, May 28, 2012
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
6A (Convention Center)
Area: OBM/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
PSY CE Offered. CE Instructor: Judy L. Agnew, Ph.D.
Chair: Lori H. Diener (Performance Blueprints, Inc.)
Presenting Authors: : JUDY L. AGNEW (Aubrey Daniels International)

On the surface, many industrial organizations have what look like good safety records; logging months, often years without accidents. But in many cases those accident-free streaks are based, at least to some extent, on luck. In most cases unsafe behaviors still exist at all levels of many organizations, therefore creating exposure. Until organizations adopt behavioral strategies to ensure the consistency of safe practices, they will continue to gamble with safety. This tutorial will review the critical role of leader behavior in safety improvement. The role of leaders has historically been poorly defined and is most typically described in vague terms such as �making safety a priority�, or �creating a safety culture�. In addition, few contingencies exist for leaders to engage in the high-impact behaviors that will lead to improvement. This tutorial will provide a behavior analysis of six common safety leadership practices that are ineffective. Examples of more effective leader behaviors will be presented along with a discussion of creating contingencies to support those behaviors.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

This tutorial is suitable for introductory level and above. The tutorial will be presented in much the same way it would be presented to organizational leaders so audience members will see how behavior analysis is presented and used in applied settings.

Learning Objectives: �Participants will be able to list safety leadership practices that are common in industrial settings and describe why they are ineffective from a behavioral perspective �Participants will be able to describe classes of safety leadership behaviors that, if increased, will lead to improvement in industrial safety
JUDY L. AGNEW (Aubrey Daniels International)
Dr. Judy Agnew is Senior Vice President of Safety Solutions at Aubrey Daniels International (ADI). With 20 years of consulting experience and a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Judy partners with clients to create behavior-based interventions that lead to optimal and sustainable organizational change. Judy has worked in a variety of industries including oil and gas, industrial chemical, mining, forest products, utilities, food and non-food manufacturing, distribution, insurance, banking and retail. In addition to her consulting, project management and instructional design work, Judy is recognized as a thought leader in the field of behavioral safety. She has presented at major safety conferences including the National Safety Council and Behavioral Safety Now as well as other key corporate conferences. Judy is the author of Removing Obstacles to Safety (with Gail Snyder) and Safe by Accident? Take the Luck out of Safety: Leadership Practices that Build a Sustainable Safety Culture (with Aubrey Daniels). She is the recipient of the 2011 Organizational Behavior Management Network Outstanding Contribution Award.
Keyword(s): leadership, safety



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