How to Systematically Build and Strengthen your Safety Culture

Thursday • Crystal 2 • 4:00 PM


Tim Nolan, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Aubrey Daniels International

Track: BBS Intermediate
One BACB® Type II CE is available for this session.

A key to sustained improvements in safety is to create a culture of safety; but what does that mean and how do you create one? This session will define culture in a way that enables and directs action, and steps given for creating or improving the culture in your organization. Elements of high reliability cultures will be shared as well as key lessons learned about culture change.  The session will wrap up with leadership dos and don’ts based on best practices of high performing organizations.

Tim Nolan is a trusted advisor to business and organizational leaders, partnering with his clients to achieve the outcomes they seek for themselves and for their businesses. With a particular focus on large-scale behavior change, accountability leadership and business transformation, Tim collaborates with leaders at all levels of the organization from executives to the frontline and in industries such as pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, engineering and construction, consumer packaged goods, broadcasting, healthcare, and government. He has lived and worked throughout North America and Europe and has led teams in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, and Portugal.

Samples of Tim’s Consulting Engagements:

  • Currently supporting a national restaurant franchise in implementing high-performing leadership teams. This work has enabled the chain to dramatically improve productivity and handle their rapid growth.
  • Designed and implemented a behavior-based feedback program to help one of the largest oil refineries in North America reduce its number of flaring events. The program reduced flaring by 91% and saved the refinery more than $100 million in one year.
  • Led the implementation and integration of a project for one of the world leaders in consumer-packaged goods to improve forecasting accuracy across all of their European operations. In one year, this program yielded a 60% improvement in forecasting accuracy and helped the client improve its share price by 40%.

Tim holds a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Western Michigan University. He has authored articles in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and a number of other professional media, and has also co-authored a chapter of Human Evaluation Handbook (2001). Tim has presented papers on culture change, performance feedback, and leadership coaching at professional conferences throughout the United States and Canada. He has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities and organizations including The VanAndel Institute for Cancer Research. Tim lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Beth and daughter Olivia.