Benchmarking Best Practices in Behavioral Safety Programs: Verified Effective

Workshop 1 Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Location: 

Angela Lebbon, Ph.D.
Cambridge Center
for Behavioral Studies
Assistant Professor of Management
School of Business
SUNY New Paltz
Dwight Harshbarger, Ph.D.
Cambridge Center
for Behavioral Studies

Commission on the
Accreditation of
Behavioral Safety

Timothy D. Ludwig, Ph.D.
Appalachian State University
Safety-Doc.com


The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) has been accrediting the best-in-practice behavioral safety programs in the world since 2003. Over the past dozen years we have had access to 24 programs that have shown significant decreases in injuries associated with their accredited behavioral safety processes. This has provided us with the unique opportunity to gather the very best practices to share.

Our Presentation panel will review accreditation methods and standards, and show data on behavioral safety practices and performance among companies who are accredited. You will have opportunities to:

  1. Discuss your behavioral safety program,
  2. Learn how to assess the readiness of your programs fro accreditation,
  3. Receive guidance on how to improve your program

This workshop will assemble a panel of the behavioral safety champions from our Accredited companies who will share their best practices in practical, transferrable terms. The panel will also include behavioral safety scientists and experts from the CCBS Accreditation Commission. Best practices to be covered include:

  1. Training practices for maximum impact,
  2. Building and managing employee and contractor teams,
  3. Building and using an influential measurement system, and
  4. Managing behavioral safety in a small(er) company.

Participants will then break out with panelists in small groups to discuss specific issues specific to their behavioral safety efforts.

Attendees will also learn the value of CCBS Accreditation and how to apply; also how to join the Cambridge Center community in its mission to apply scientific study of behavior toward the prevention and relief of human suffering. Membership in the community will provide continual discussion around new best practices with accredited sites and access to CCBS Commissioners’ latest research and views on behavioral safety. Visit the CCBS website safety section. http://www.behavior.org/interest.php?id=16

Dr. Angela Lebbon

Dr. Angela Lebbon is an assistant professor of management in the School of Business at State University of New York, New Paltz. Angela specializes in performance management techniques that improve employee work and safety behavior. She has corporate experience with a Fortune 500 company in global organizational effectiveness, and experience in various industries including oil refining, chemicals, fibers, and plastics, energy and utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and food services. Angela received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis and her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Western Michigan University.


Dwight Harshbarger, Ph.D.

Dwight studied at West Virginia University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of North Dakota, where he received his Ph.D., and Harvard University. He served as a tenured professor of psychology and continues to teach in WVU’s School of Public Health. He has a wide range of corporate consulting experience in the USA and Asia, and served as a senior vice president at Sealy, Inc., and Reebok International, Ltd. Dwight is a senior fellow of the Cambridge Center. He continues to serve as an industrial / management consultant and has designed and operated a wide range of behavior-based programs, including behavioral safety programs.  Dwight is a co-founder of CCBS accreditation of safety programs based on behavioral principles.

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Network, Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Dwight is the author of three novels, two of them focusing on failures of safety management resulting in injuries and fatalities. The most recent, (2015) Valley at Risk – Shelter in Place, is a fictionalized account of the fatal 2008 explosion at Bayer CropScience's Institute, WV plant. In the novel, an investigative reporter explores the flawed management practices leading to the explosion and later attempts to cover up those practices. She then unearths decades of chemical spills, leaks and explosions; her investigative journey takes her into the corporation’s dark history.

Dwight’s 2009 novel, Witness at Hawks Nest describes the human tragedy of hundreds of acute silicosis deaths in Union Carbide’s construction of the giant Hawks Nest hydroelectric tunnel in southern WV during the 1930s –America’s deadliest and least known industrial disaster. The WV Library Association awarded Witness at Hawks Nest its book of the year award.


Timothy D. Ludwig, Ph.D.

Tim Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavioral safety programs under E. Scott Geller continuing his post-doctoral work in industrial engineering studying applications of W. Edwards Deming to quality and safety improvement. His popular website Safety-Doc.com is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services. Dr. Ludwig was cited in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) “Power 101” Leaders in the Safety and Health World. Dr. Ludwig serves on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies’ Behavioral Safety Accreditation Commission that reviews best-in-industry safety practices and offers independent, objective feedback on safety programs.


This workshop will not be recorded.