Benchmarking Best Practices in Behavioral Safety Programs: Verified Effective

Workshop 1

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Don Kernan
Key Activities Management
President and Managing Consultant
Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson, Ph.D.
Icelandic Centre for Research


The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) has been accrediting the best-in-practice behavioral safety programs in the world since 2003. Over the past dozen years we have had access to 24 programs that have shown significant decreases in injuries associated with their accredited behavioral safety processes. This has provided us with the unique opportunity to gather the very best practices to share.

Our Presentation panel will review accreditation methods and standards, and show data on behavioral safety practices and performance among companies who are accredited. You will have opportunities to:

  1. Discuss your behavioral safety program,
  2. Learn how to assess the readiness of your programs from accreditation,
  3. Receive guidance on how to improve your program

This workshop will assemble a panel of the behavioral safety champions from our accredited companies who will share their best practices in practical, transferrable terms. The panel will also include behavioral safety scientists and experts from the CCBS Accreditation Commission. Best practices to be covered include:

  1. Training practices for maximum impact,
  2. Building and managing employee and contractor teams,
  3. Building and using an influential measurement system, and
  4. Managing behavioral safety in a small(er) company.

Participants will then break out with panelists in small groups to discuss specific issues specific to their behavioral safety efforts.

Attendees will also learn the value of CCBS Accreditation and how to apply; also how to join the Cambridge Center community in its mission to apply scientific study of behavior toward the prevention and relief of human suffering. Membership in the community will provide continual discussion around new best practices with accredited sites and access to CCBS Commissioners’ latest research and views on behavioral safety. Visit the CCBS website safety section.

Don Kernan     

An extensive and diverse professional background has enabled Don to apply his industry knowledge from multiple perspectives; risk control, distribution, sales, marketing, business development, procurement and category management.  Consistent customer satisfaction and continuous process and fiscal improvements have resulted at every level of Don’s career.  Don retired in 2012 following a 31 year career with SUPERVALU.

After producing results winning accreditation by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, (CCBS), the behavioral process Don led his team in creating is today the model for the nationwide supply chain of one of America’s largest self distributing supermarket retailers and voluntary wholesalers. Recognized by the CCBS as being the first to replicate an integrated behavioral safety process, under Don’s leadership, SUPERVALU achieved accreditation of a second distribution center located in Anniston, AL.

Today Don helps others who are interested in installing his BBS system.  He is also available to audit any BBS system in order to help others achieve success.

Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson, Ph.D.     

Dr. Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson obtained his Ph.D. in behavior analysis in 2006 from Western Michigan University. He is currently the Manager of the Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland. Dr. Sigurdsson is also an Associate Commissioner for the Behavior-Based Safety Accreditation Commission of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He has provided organizational consultation to hospitals, autism treatment centers, and various other businesses and industries. He has published research in the Journal of Safety Research, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Sigurdsson's research interests are in the areas of safety-related decision-making and maintenance of behavioral safety processes.