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Steve Roberts, Ph.D.

Senior Partner, Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.

Steve Roberts 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 an M.A. and Ph.D. 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.

  • Safety Virtual

    • Session 5 – Planning for Failure: Design Resilient Safety Systems and Procedures that Allow for ‘Normal’ Levels of Human Error While Avoiding Catastrophic Consequences

      Run Time - 59:26

      This session will teach you how to design workplace systems and procedures that minimize the chance of error and limit the harm.

    • Session 12 – Safety Culture: Integrating Behavioral and Systems Approaches to Safety to Improve Performance

      Run Time - 47:00

      Some safety professionals see a dichotomy between behavior-based safety and approaches that focus on systemic factors within an organization that support or hinder safety performance. However, safety-related behavior does not occur in a vacuum. In the workplace, it occurs in the context of organizational processes, procedures, and systems that influence motivations, attitudes, and actions. Identifying these systemic influences is key to understanding and shaping the behavior they drive and developing effective safety improvement strategies. Therefore, an integrated approach that takes both systems and behavior into account is essential for moving safety performance to the next level.

      This session will teach you how to:

      -Identify systemic factors that support and hinder safety-related behaviors.

      -Design effective safety interventions that work within the context of your organization.

      -Recognize the influences on behavior and motivation in the workplace and how they impact safety.

      -Delve deeper into the root causes of incidents and near misses to uncover systemic factors that contribute to workplace hazards.

      -Implement effective safety strategies that motivate and engage employees using an understanding of the context for their work

      -Identify the role of leadership, management, frontline supervisors, and other key elements of your organization in shaping safety-related behavior and culture.