E. Scott Geller

E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Applied Behavior Systems, Virginia Tech, and senior partner, Safety Performance Solutions (SPS). For information on related books, training manuals, videotapes, audiotapes, and customized consulting call SPS at (540) 951-7233 (SAFE), email: pbs@coastal.com , and visit www.safetyperformance.com. For information on Dr. Geller’s new book on People-Based Safety, as well as five video/DVD/CD programs, accompanied by workbooks and leader guides produced by Coastal Training Technologies, visit www.people-based-safety.com; email: pbs@coastal.com; (888) 201-8740.


PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: Too much of a good thing

“Believe and achieve,” bellows a candidate on the popular TV game show “Deal or No Deal.”

“We believe,” scream the zealous fans at the college basketball game.

“Self-confidence is key to personal success,” asserts the instructor of a leadership seminar.
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: How are we doing?

The “D” of the LEAD acronym I introduced in my ISHN column this past December stands for “Data” (see sidebar). Data both directs and motivates behavior. By observing the results of our actions, we learn how well we completed a task and what we can do to improve.
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: Let's get real in our relationships

In this month’s column, I propose adding a critical A-word to this list — Authenticity. In fact, I believe this word can give all of us beneficial direction for the New Year. How about a New Year’s Resolution to be more authentic in our interpersonal relations?
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: The power of a "guilt trip"

I bet most of you have used the term guilt trip when explaining personal feelings or when attempting to understand the behavior of others. What do we mean? Can we use this metaphor to improve safety?
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: Academics vs. consultants Can awareness of distinctions enable synergy?

Five years ago a major consulting firm sent its clients an e-mail in an attempt to dissuade them from attending the annual Behavior Safety Now (BSN) conference.
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: When groups take risks

My 12-mile bike ride one recent morning was interrupted by an event that adversely affected my attitude and self-talk. Here’s what happened: At the beginning of my route near my home in Newport, Va., I encountered about 20 bikers traveling in the opposite direction. All were decked out in radiant racing attire, consistent with their sleek road bikes.
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: Bittersweet impact of an "accident"

One man’s story provides inspiration to actively care for safety
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: The power of safety communication

Five types of conversations to improve performance
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: Benefits of behavioral safety (part 2)

Last month I reviewed five basic principles of the behavioral approach to occupational safety. Each of those fundamentals, including the use of behavioral language to define accountability systems and provide constructive feedback, is relevant for problem-solving beyond the workplace and for more than injury prevention
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PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY: Benefits of a behavioral approach

Last month I scrutinized the apparent focus on positive reinforcement in behavior-based safety (BBS). I specified critical distinctions between positive reinforcers and rewards, and pointed out flaws in the standard training protocol for teaching employees how to give interpersonal recognition.
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Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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