Improving Safety Culture to Prevent Injuries

Workshop 4


Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Steve Roberts, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Senior Partner
Safety Performance Solutions (SPS)


This workshop focuses on the individual and system factors that influence risky behavior, the principles of behavior and person-based psychology, hazard recognition and human error reduction, principles of safety leadership, and components of a successful observation and feedback process to help organizations achieve an injury free workplace.

Participants will learn to: 

  • Use principles of people and behavior-based psychology to facilitate a Total Safety   Culture
  • Increase empowerment, ownership and involvement in occupational health and safety
  • Help people develop self-accountability for safety
  • Identify hazard recognition traps and reduce human error
  • Align safety management systems to drive positive culture change

Use safety culture assessments to identify and drive improvement opportunities.

Steve Roberts, Ph.D.

Steve is co-founder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. He earned an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and a M.A. and Ph.D. (Under Dr. E. Scott Geller) in Applied/Experimental Psychology with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management from Virginia Tech.

His specific areas of expertise include the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavior and people-based safety processes, the assessment of organizational culture to guide safety interventions, increasing employee involvement in safety activities, organizational management systems design, organizational leadership development, and understanding and reducing human error in the workplace.

Before co-founding Safety Performance Solutions in 1995, he was a research associate with Management Systems Laboratories (MSL) of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department of Virginia Tech and safety consultant with Make-A-Difference, Inc. He has taught Research Methods at Virginia Tech, and for five years served as a Project Manager at the Center for Applied Behavior Systems (CABS) of the Psychology Department at Virginia Tech, where he participated in and helped direct graduate and undergraduate research projects which combine the technology of applied behavior analysis with theories from industrial, experimental, and personality psychology to solve real-world problems and improve people's quality of life.

Steve has published articles in a number of peer reviewed academic journals including American Journal of Health Promotion, Applied and Preventive Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and Journal of Safety Research, as well as Safety & Health, Security Management, and People, Land and Water Magazines. Steve also authored the book chapter Actively Caring for Occupational Safety: Preventing Injuries with People Based Safety, in Dr. E. Scott Geller’s 2013 book Actively Caring for People: Cultivating a Culture of Compassion.

Steve is a regular speaker at both public and corporate sponsored safety events. Some of Steve’s recent consulting clients include ExxonMobil, East Jordan Iron Works, Newmont Mining, ESAB, El Paso Corporation, Alpha Natural Resources, Owens Corning, and Specialty Granules. Steve has taught the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Seminarfest course People-Based Safety each of the last 6 years and taught it again in 2013.