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Celebrated Behavioral Science Specialist to Host ASSE’s Psychology of Self-Motivation Webinar August 25

Posted in on Mon, Aug 16, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (August 16, 2010) —
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) webinar ‘When No One’s Watching: The Psychology of Self-Motivation’ to be held Wednesday, August 25, will be led by Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech University and ASSE member E. Scott Geller, PhD. Geller has authored 31 books, 38 training manuals, 203 magazine articles, and over 350 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life.

“At times, most people need an external accountability intervention to keep them motivated. In the work world, these include time sheets, overtime compensation records, peer-to-peer behavioral observations, public posting of performance indicators, group and individual feedback meetings, and performance appraisals. Psychologists call these ‘extrinsic motivators’. Managers use them to keep employees on track,” Geller noted in his presentation at the 2010 ASSE Professional Development Conference last June. “However, sometimes people develop self-motivation within the context of an extrinsic motivation system.
“In other words,” Geller notes. “An injury-free culture requires people to do the right things for safety when no one is watching to hold them accountable. Such self-accountability requires self-motivation.”
In 2008, 5,214 people died from on-the-job injuries and millions more suffered workplace injuries and illnesses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2008 in the U.S. workplace suicides increased; roadway crashes and incidents were the number one cause of on-the-job fatalities; falls increased; and the industry sectors that reported the largest net increases in fatal work injuries were transportation, warehousing and government. In order, transportation, assaults and violent acts, homicides, contact with objects and equipment, falls, exposure to harmful substances or environments were the top causes of fatal workplace injuries in 2008 in the U.S.
The Geller-led webinar will specify practical ways to facilitate the self-motivation needed to achieve and sustain what he describes as a ‘total safety culture’.
Geller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. In 2005, Geller was awarded the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education. In May 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Organizational Behavior Management Network, and last year was honored with the APF 2009 Gold Medal for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest, from the American Psychological Association.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will receive two papers authored by Geller which pertain to the session; a link to the recorded version of the session, for later viewing; session slides; and, 0.2 CEU credits. For more information and to register please go to

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. Go to for more information.

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