"Everyone should read this. Shawn & Terry have a cool way of explaining the complex and making it sound easy. Everyone needs this book!"
"'STEPS' is an excellent roadmap for building upon the culture already present in our workplace. I'll be using it to improve where we are going with our business' safety program. This roadmap -- from developing a strategy (most of us don't have one) to selling the strategy to how we do or don't utilize discipline is presented in an easy to follow format. Love the lists of questions to be answered at the end of each STEP. We'll be getting started on our first STEP in the next few weeks."
Brent Charlton, CSP
"I would highly recommend this book to anyone who leads safety or people in general. This is a step by step road map to develop and continuously improve your existing culture to excellence. I found myself reading the STEPS over and over again. This book is rich in information that is results-oriented and extremely practical to start in your organization today. I find myself referring back to this book on a regular basis. Terry and Shawn are truly leading the safety industry to excellence and consistently challenge the status quo of traditional thinking."
DJ Savoy, EHS & HR Manager
"La securite basee sur le comportement (BBS) est une methodologie de prevention particulierement meconnue en France et decriee. En tant que preventeur francais, je n'ai jamais recu de formation scolaire a ce genre de pratiques et n'ai jamais ete incite a les utiliser. Cependant, force est de constater que, lorsque les risques ont fait l'objet des mesures de prevention techniques et organisationnelles adaptes, le reste repose sur l'humain. Au dela de la formation et de la communication formelle, nous sommes un peu demunis en France pour ameliorer les comportements des personnes sur le lieu de travail... Les systemes BBS "tout prets", type Dupont de nemours, presentent les defauts suivants : 1- Ils sont tres chers a mettre en oeuvre, 2- Ils sont tres marquees par la culture anglo saxonne et peuvent etre rejetes par les salaries, d'autant plus que les utilisateurs de ces methodes sont encourages a employer des termes un peu artificiels pour coacher les individus, 3- Les informations complementaires necessaires aux preventeurs soucieux (comme moi) de comprendre les tenants et les aboutissants du systeme sont tres peu partagees (motifs commerciaux obligent). J'ai justement decouvert le site web de Shawn Galloway et Terry Mathis alors que mon entreprise deployait la methode STOP de Dupont, et j'avais ete impressionne par la qualite des publications offertes a tous, permettant de reellement comprendre, non pas pourquoi il faudrait leur acheter leurs prestations de consultants, mais comment rendre meilleure nos demarches de prevention. Avec ce livre, ils franchissent un grand pas, en offrant de maniere completement altruiste leur methode a tous les preventeurs. Alors bien sur, pour le lecteur francais il faut a la fois passer la barriere de la langue et avoir un petit recul sur les systemes anglosaxons pour comprendre certaines allusions, mais au dela de cela, les auteurs offrent une demarche d'amelioration de la securite concrete et redoutablement efficace. Je recommande a tous les preventeurs passionnes par leur metier et reellement desireux d'atteindre l'excellence en securite de lire ce livre !"
"The "ready to use" BBS systems, of the Du Pont De Nemours type, reveal the following defects: 1 - They are very costly to implement, 2 - They are heavily influenced by Anglo-Saxon culture and might be rejected by employees, especially since the users of these methods are encouraged to use somewhat artificial terms to coach individuals, 3 - The additional information that concerned OHS specialists (like myself) need to have to understand the ins and outs of the system is not freely shared (for commercial reasons). I had just discovered the website run by Shawn Galloway and Terry Mathis as my company was beginning to use DuPont's STOP method and I was very impressed with the quality of the publications offered to all, which allow us to really understand not only why we should purchase their consulting services, but how to really improve our approach to prevention. They are taking a major step forward with this book, by offering their method free of charge to all OHS specialists. French readers must of course overcome the language barrier and must also have some perspective on the Anglo-Saxon systems in order to understand certain allusions, but, beyond that, the authors offer an approach to improving safety that is practical and tremendously effective. I recommend that this book be read by all OHS specialists who are passionate about their work and who really want to achieve safety excellence!"
"Whether you are running a safety program or simply looking for leadership principles that can change a culture, this book is a MUST HAVE! "The perfect ending of every journey is not where it takes you, but what it makes you" (Mathis & Galloway, 2013, p.ix). If you have a leadership team I recommend reading this book along with your team, to foster a culture of excellence!"
K. Parker, Vice President
"Recommend Steps to Safety Culture Excellence to safety professionals and managers in the work place. Easy read to follow for improving the safety culture in your company and personal outlook."
"As a ProAct Safety follower I was really looking forward to a book that could put all of what our Plant has learned in to a step-by-step guide to keep our journey towards safety culture excellence moving forward. This book is all of that, and more. Shawn and Terry's knowledge, shared experiences and passion for safety makes this book a must read for any organization. Each milestone (STEP) in the book does just what I want a book to achieve, attain more knowledge, further my passion for safety, but more important, being able to apply the learnings in to your organization. Our Plant is implementing and adjusting some of our STEPS."
"This book is a true must read for any safety professional who is or is trying to bring about a shift in their safety "culture" approach. Currently, I have read through this twice - as much as we feel, as safety professionals, that we get it - Terry and Shawn continue to show us (me?) that there are many things we take for granted and shouldn't. The book illustrates clearly and profoundly the importance of having a "TRUE" safety strategy, one that is not just communicated, but EFFECTIVELY communicated at all levels throughout the organization. Although all the STEPs may not apply to everyone, I found that I took something positive away from each one although some more than others. I challenged my management team with the questions in each of the STEPs and found that some have quite different interpretations than that of the main senior managment team - which leads to less clear expectations to those reporting up to those management members. As a senior safety professional in a senior role in my company I recommend ALL of you look at having everyone who are leading others in your pursuits to safety excellence read this book and participate in the questions and exercises. To me, those make the whole book - it is tangible and reflective of how well the message has been previously communicated and how to move forward with the message and the strategy decided upon. As always, Shawn and Terry, you continue to make me stronger and more educated everytime we have some form of contact or communication. Thank you for saying what it is so clearly that even I can comprehend it!"
"Wow, I can't wait for the whole book to come out. What an introduction, thank you for keeping me inspired. After 34 years of working in our factory the legacy you talked about is what I strive for every day."
Mark Casebeer, Plant Safety Representative
"Energetic speaker that laid out strategies clearly" "Excellent speaker with a good message" "Mr. Mathis' presentation will help me improve how we look at safety culture. Great class..." "Outstanding presentation!" "Terry Mathis & ProAct Safety really gets it." "Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenter. Offered up some good take aways." "Very knowledgeable and shared tips and ideas that can be implemented now."
ASSE Safety 2012 Attendees
:Mr. Galloway did a PHENOMENAL job in his presentation. I not only enjoyed his easy style, but learned a lot. Of particular interest was his diagram on the safety excellence "bridge." He also "hit the nail on the head" for multiple other areas (i.e., alignment in strategic direction, perception barriers, coaching, safety "branding" issues, etc.) Thank you so much for this most informative session!"
ASSE Safety2012 Attendee
"I have had the pleasure of working with Shawn on two plant-level safety transformations. In both cases, Shawn drove lasting and sustained safety improvement by elevating the skills and capabilities of the management team and, at the same time, transforming the attitudes of production employees. Both assignments were extremely challenging - older facilities with established cultures and ways of working. Success in such environments truly demonstrates the efficacy and utility of Shawn's approach and abilities. I would recommend him and his firm without hesitation to anyone that is serious about transforming their safety culture."
Yurij Wowczuk, General Manager, Illinois Tool Works