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A Concise and Practical Guide for Establishing Safety in the Workplace

Now in its second edition, The Values-Based Safety Process provides readers with all the basic tools and step-by-step procedures needed to design and implement an effective, ongoing behavioral safety approach that is tailored to their organization. With the help of new case studies, updated examples, and six new chapters, McSween demonstrates how to:

  • Conduct a safety assessment using a simple five-step plan
  • Establish mission, values, and milestone targets
  • Develop feedback and involvement guidelines
  • Implement and maintain the behavioral safety process
  • Create a serious-incident prevention process

Managers, supervisors, safety professionals, and employees who participate in safety functions will find McSween’s book to be an essential working reference. They will learn how to develop processes that dramatically improve safety, boost worker morale, reduce on-the-job injuries, and strengthen any company’s bottom line. 

terry mcsween 2016Terrry McSween, Ph.D. is CEO/President of Quality Safety Edge (QSE). Considered one of the world’s leading authorities in behavior-based safety, Terry has 30-plus years of experience consulting in educational, institutional, and business settings. He is the recipient of local and national awards for his work in behavioral safety and is actively involved with a number of business and professional organizations including the Board of Trustees for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the American Society for Safety Engineers, and the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. A speaker at safety conferences worldwide, Terry also founded the annual Behavioral Safety Now Conference (BSN). He has published over 100 articles and authored the seminal book on behavior-based safety: The Values-Based Safety Process: Improving Your Safety Culture with Behavior-Based Safety.

. . . a very practical book that clearly illustrates how to apply behavioral technology to improve safety in the workplace. This book is brilliant in its practical approach . . . it belongs on every safety professional’s desk. 

—Professional Safety Magazine

“[The Values-Based Safety Process] teaches both the mechanics of how to design and implement a behavioral safety process in any organization and the importance of creating an environment where everyone actively cares about their fellow employees and associates . . . It will help you make a difference in your organization.” 

—E. Scott Geller


This is undoubtedly one of the best books in the area of behavioral safety. Dr. McSween provides a thorough guideline that safety professionals can use to implement a sound system for behavior change in their organizations. The reader is introduced to the basic concepts of behavior analysis, the proven techniques of applied behavior analysis, and relevant research in the area of behavioral safety. This ensures that the focus of safety efforts is on employees’ safe behaviors and the environment that maintains such behaviors, which is critical because without such focus behavior change will not be achieved.  — review

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