by Brianna Crandall — June 23, 2017 — A new behavior-based safety guidebook published by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is now available on the Society’s Web site. Actively Caring for People’s Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Work Culture features lessons on the fundamental principles for cultivating an “actively caring” culture in any organization. Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals along with managers, supervisors and workers are all encouraged to read and practice the principles in the book in order to create an organization-wide actively caring workplace safety culture.
The authors ask readers to imagine a work environment in which everyone actively cares for each other’s safety and well-being on a routine basis. Employees at all levels give their coworkers daily supportive feedback on safety-related behavior that prevents injuries. And whenever risky behavior is observed, corrective feedback is provided with empathy, accepted with humility, and applied promptly to effectively change the behavior to a safe alternative. This is the vision of a “brother’s/sister’s keeper” workplace safety culture, according to ASSE.
Using evidence-based principles from applied behavioral science and humanistic behaviorism, Actively Caring for People’s Safety is designed to show readers how to make a brother’s/sister’s keeper workplace safety culture a reality.
Rick Blanchette, ASSE’s manager of Technical Publications, stated:
Safety and health professionals, corporate managers and line workers who read, discuss and practice the fundamental principles in this handbook will be well-prepared and empowered to improve their organization’s work culture. The discussion questions and exercises in this book inspire practical self-study and group training.
The book’s two authors are widely respected for their experience in the subject matter. E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., is an alumni distinguished professor at Virginia Tech University and co-founder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions Inc. For 48 years, he has conducted research as a faculty member and director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. Krista S. Geller, Ph.D., worked as a researcher throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies at Virginia Tech’s Center for Applied Behavior Systems. She has traveled worldwide to assist in adapting the actively caring process to various cultures, languages and work environments. She currently is the field development leadership supervisor at Bechtel Corporation.
Actively Caring for People’s Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Work Culture is one of 79 technical publications available on the ASSE Web site for OSH professionals covering every facet of safety from accident investigation to safety management to fall protection. The 192-page book is available for purchase at $31.95 for ASSE members or $39.95 for non-members from the ASSE Web site. Browse the Society’s entire collection of safety books by visiting ASSE’s Technical Publications Web section.