In Defense of BBS: New is Not Always Better

Thursday • Crystal 2 • 2:45 PM


Judy Agnew, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
Aubrey Daniels International

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

Behavior-based Safety (BBS) can easily be credited with a long history of helping organizations improve safety but, unfortunately, it has also been linked to a history of controversy and criticism. This session will touch briefly on criticisms of BBS, and present Best Practices that ensure sustainable success. Participants will learn how to use the science to critically evaluate “new and better” approaches.

Dr. Judy Agnew is Senior Vice President of Safety Solutions at Aubrey Daniels International (ADI). With over 25 years of experience and a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Judy consults with businesses to create behavior-based interventions that use positive, practical approaches to improve human performance. Judy has worked in a variety of industries including railroad, oil and gas, industrial chemical, mining, forest products, utilities, food and non-food manufacturing, distribution, transportation and retail. Her work spans diverse employee populations and organizational issues including organizational culture change, reducing occupational injuries, improving sales performance, ensuring food safety, and improving employee engagement. Judy is a recognized writer and speaker in the field of behavioral safety and safety leadership, authoring articles for a variety of publications and presenting at major safety conferences. Judy is the author of three books Removing Obstacles to Safety (with Gail Snyder) and Safe by Accident? (with Aubrey Daniels) and A Supervisor’s Guide to Safety Leadership. She earned her Ph.D.in psychology from the University of Victoria (Canada) in 1991.