The Tuesday keynotes at NSC are sure to impress. The morning motivational keynote focuses on “The Human Side of Injury Prevention,” where two of the most powerful and dynamic speakers in the country team up to teach interpersonal dimension of occupational safety. The experts are E. Scott Geller, PhD, senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, which specializes in behavior-based safety training, and Charlie Morecraft, president and CEO of Phoenix Safety Management.
During the late 1970s, Judy Komaki and her behavioral psychologist colleagues used their methodology in a food manufacturing facility to improve the safety performance by focusing on reinforcing safe behaviors (Komaki, Barwick, & Scott, 1978). This was the birth of behavior-based safety (BBS).
Two years ago, I co-authored an article with Margaret Hanson in SHP magazine about behavior change in a health and safety context (Just one more thing, SHP, July 2013). In the article, we discussed one model in particular – the COM-B (1) – which we liked for its elegance and simplicity and which we valued for the research base from which it is drawn.
Making mistakes is part of being human. There are many factors that contribute to making mistakes, including inattention, lack of experience and over-confidence. In recent years, the field of behavior-based safety has exploded. Much of its focus is on assessing why people make mistakes, and what to do about it.