Pre-Conference Workshops

May 30, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

(Space limited to 12 per session)


*Session A - Safety/Life Lessons from Psychological Science: How to achieve a sustainable injury-free workplace

E. Scott Geller, Ph.D. (Senior Partner, Safety Performance Solutions & Alumni Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech) 

Evidence-based guidelines for improving the quality and increasing the frequency of safety-related behavior will be described and illustrated as relevant for benefiting overall human welfare. If practiced extensively, these safety/life lessons would not only prevent workplace injuries, but would also improve quality of life by reducing interpersonal conflict and bullying, and enhancing work productivity, environmental sustainability and life satisfaction.  The first four guidelines reflect the applied behavioral science principles of positive reinforcement, observational learning, and behavior-based feedforward and feedback. The subsequent three lessons are essentially derived from humanism. These safety/life lessons are the foundation of a new leading-edge 2017 book: Actively Caring for People’s Safety: How to cultivate a brother/sister keeper’s work culture by Drs. Scott and Krista Geller.  Copies of this text-- designed as a training manual to teach practical strategies for addressing the human dynamics of injury prevention--will be given to workshop participants, and will be available for purchase at the Appalachian Safety Summit.

*Session B - PowerUP your Safety Meetings! 

Timothy Ludwig, Ph.D. (Appalachian State University &

Employee safety meetings are a good thing.  They communicate your safety message and allow the sharing of up-to-date information on hazards and changes in the workplace.  They also cost a lot in labor hours and preparation time, perhaps more than you think.  Have your safety meetings devolved into a monotone voice going through rote material via “death by powerpoint” while bored employees slouch in their seats?  Behavior science teaches us a better way.  We will consider the behaviors you want to see during these meetings.  Then we will design a modern meeting format that teaches and engages employees to take ownership of their safety.”

*Session C - Got Data? Then use it!: Using your BBS Observations to Assess, Sustain and Evolve your BBS Process

Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D. & Dan Preston (Predictive Solutions)

Big data is about asking new types questions, exploring hunches, and making data-driven decisions. The safety field collects a plethora of safety intelligence from training records to behavioral observations. Unfortunately, this critical safety intelligence is often not used, miss-used, or just plain ignored.  This workshop is going to create some data! We will begin by defining leading indicators, outline a process for creating organization-specific leading indicators and then have groups identify which types of data are key indicators of a strong safety culture (i.e., “cultural proxies”). We will also explore the different levels of analyzing your data and how organizations can use simple predictive analytics to help assess how well a new safety process is being rolled-out. We will also discuss the role of data in looking at the quality of our observational data and how to use this as a coaching tool for individuals, teams and processes. Finally, the class will learn key concepts on how to sustain initiatives though the use of data and other key indicators of an evolving safety culture.

*Session D - TSCApp™ - Hazard Identification in the 21st Century

ConnieEngelbrecht (Total Safety Culture App)

Technology can no longer be ignored as part of people’s daily form of communication. It is estimated that 93 million selfies are taken daily. One can therefore deduce that these types of technologies are here to stay. By 2017 more than a third of the world population will be making use of a smart phone – that is an estimated total of 2.6 billion users of which 12% of this total resides in the USA. Social media empowered people to connect instantly by the press of a button and this participation in social media causes the Dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex in the brain to be activated leading to people becoming more perceptive of other people and make faster judgments about what emotions they may be feeling.  Is it realistic to expect our employees to become enthusiastic or develop a culture of caring about other people when our BBS/PBS is paper driven?  When they do, they are more likely to look for hazards in an effort to keep themselves and each other safe.  TSCApp is just the smart phone app.  We’d like to introduce it to America.

*Session E - How to build a successful blueprint for implementing a safety analytics solution in your company.

Shawn Bergman, Ph.D. (Appalachian State University & Center for Analytics Research and Education (C.A.R.E.))

There are numerous success stories of how “big data” and “analytics” have improved organizational operations, work processes, and employment conditions.  However, up to 40% of company’s analytic initiatives fail to live up to the hype and produce underwhelming results.  Much of this is because managing and sustaining an effective analytic solution requires more than technical expertise.  It requires people know how to ask the right questions, collect the right information, communicate benefits to stakeholders, and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution.  This workshop will lead you through how your organization can create a blueprint for using evidence-based practices, data, and analytics to improve worker safety and environmental conditions.  In building this analytics blueprint, we will discuss how to look at a safety issue and determine what is the right data to collect, identify project team players, optimize your company’s customized analytic safety solution, and provide the right people with consumable results.  We will also build in analytic check-ups into your blueprint to ensure that your analytic solution continues to provide benefits now and in the future.