Written by world-renowned health and safety researcher E. Scott Geller, Working Safe: How to Help People Actively Care for Health and Safety, Second Edition presents science-based and practical approaches to improving attitudes and behavior for achieving an injury-free work environment. This book teaches proactive applications of behavior-based psychology for improving health and safety. Relevant theory and principles are clearly explained and practical step-by-step procedures are detailed. Dr. Geller's anecdotal and non-academic writing style makes the book fun and easy to read.
This research-based text is completely updated and expanded from the 1996 edition. It includes three new chapters: one on behavioral safety analysis, another on intervening with supportive conversation, and the third on how to promote high performance teamwork. Thus, this second edition continues to provide the practical advice safety leaders rely on.
Working Safe: How to Help People Actively Care for Health and Safety supplies the research and theory needed to customize effective behavior-based procedures and tools in your workplace. The information and examples provide health and safety professionals with behavioral science methods capable of enhancing safety awareness, reducing at-risk behavior, and facilitating ongoing participation in safety-related activities.
Table of Contents
Orientation and Alignment
Choosing the Right Approach
Starting with Theory
Paradigm Shifts for Total Safety
Human Barriers to Safety
The Complexity of People
Sensation, Perception, and Perceived Risk
Stress vs. Distress
Identifying Critical Behaviors
Behavioral Safety Analysis
Intervening with Activators
Intervening with Consequences
Intervening as a Behavior-Change Agent
Intervening with Supportive Conversation
Actively Caring for Safety
Understanding Actively Caring
The Person-Based Approach to Actively Caring
Increasing Actively Caring Behaviors
Putting It All Together
Promoting High-Performance Teamwork
Evaluating for Continuous Improvement
Obtaining and Maintaining Involvement
Reviewing the Principles
"Dr. Geller teaches us that safety is really in our own hands for ourselves and those around us."
-Morris E. Chafetz, MD, 1995 Inductee into the Health and Safety Hall of Fame International
"This book is absolutely extraordinary. It is extremely well written, accurate, and factual. I highly recommend it for both the safety professional and the general business community."
-John G. Cope, Ph.D., Professor, East Carolina University