The Human Dynamics of Achieving an Injury-Free Workplace


Safety Directives from Psychological Science

Authors: E. Scott Geller & Krista S. Geller

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An injury-free workplace requires the effective ongoing engagement of all employees actively caring for the safety of themselves and their coworkers. This research-based 160-page workbook explains and illustrates how to make that happen. Readers learn ten safety-outcome objectives, each containing six evidence-based safety-action directives relevant to successfully address the human dynamics of injury prevention and cultivate an actively-caring-for-people (AC4P) culture.

The 60 safety-action directives explicated in this occupational health and safety (OHS) workbook reflect a variety of domains from psychological science, including the behavioral-science principles of positive vs. negative reinforcement, observational learning, and behavior-based feedback. Other directives reflect humanism, from empathy and interdependency to systems thinking, and self-transcendence. We derived additional safety directives from social psychology, including principles of social influence and dynamics of group decision-making.

E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech (VT), is co-founder and senior partner of Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. For more than 50 years, Professor Geller has taught and conducted research as a faculty member and director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology at VT. He is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, book chapters, magazine articles, and research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life on a large scale. Dr. Geller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Association of Behavior Analysis International, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences.

Krista S. Geller, Ph.D., worked as a researcher at Virginia Tech’s Center for Applied Behavior Systems throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies at VT. She has traveled worldwide to assist in adapting the AC4P safety process to various cultures, languages, and work processes. Her mission is to inspire people to take the time to actively care for the safety of themselves and others. She is the President of the consulting and education/training firm—GellerAC4P, Inc.—co-founded and supported by her father, E. Scott Geller. Please visit

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