Thursday, November 22, 2012

Keeping Safety on Track

The Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel weekend of the year in the United States.  That got me thinking about transport safety, and what a positive approach can accomplish.
In my chapter on work, I discuss a famously successful study introducing a positive approach to safety at two pit mines--very dangerous workplaces.  This sort of "behavior-based safety" approach has taken off. (Note, however, that a number of different approaches have been described under that name, and not all are systems-, positives-, and science-based.)  My colleague Matt Normand runs a website with useful links to stories about the science of consequences,  He discovered a recent article in Progressive Railroading magazine covering the introduction of this comprehensive safety approach at a railroad.  The full story is available by scrolling to the entry for November 15 on his website and clicking on the title, "Improving Railroad Safety by Instituting a Behavior-based Safety Culture."  I particularly liked the way in which workers at all levels were helping to shape the program.  Gotta keep 'em rolling--safely.

For my US readers:  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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