Tim Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavioral safety programs under E. Scott Geller. His popular website Safety-Doc.com is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services. Dr. Ludwig was cited in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) “Power 101” Leaders in the Safety and Health World. Dr. Ludwig serves on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies’ (CCBS) Behavioral Safety Accreditation Board that reviews best-in-industry safety practices and offers independent, objective feedback on safety programs.
Dr. Ludwig is a professor at Appalachian State University where he was named a Distinguished Graduate Faculty for his contributions to the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Masters program. Dr. Ludwig's teaching has been recognized with the North Carolina University Board of Governors’ Excellence in Teaching award and he has been inducted into Appalachian State University's Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Dr. Ludwig is the chairperson of the Institutional Review Board at Appalachian State. Dr. Ludwig is past editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and is the past President of the Organizational Behavior Management Network.
He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles that empirically document the successes of methods to improve safety and quality in industry through behavior-based solutions. His books include Intervening to Improve the Safety of Occupational Driving which reviewed 10 years of behavior-based safety in the product delivery industry and Behavioral Systems: Understanding Complexity in Organizations which presented contributions from 15 top scholars and practitioners in the field of Behavior Systems Analysis. His upcoming books include Best-in-Class Safety which benchmarks how companies with the best safety records succeed and Ticklish Safety Tales: Stories with a Purpose which draws on his experience working internationally with safety programs.
He has continued this research for two decades integrating his empirical findings into his safety consulting. Within his consulting practice Dr. Ludwig has helped design, deliver, and implement safety programs at Schlumberger, Union Pacific, FMC, Fairbanks Morse Engine, Newell Rubbermaid, Husky Energy, Marathon Refining, Corning, Timbar, NASA, Albany International, TRW Automotive, Eastman Chemicals, Domino’s Pizza, DRA Minerals of South Africa, Newmont Mining, Andersen Windows, Carolina Medical Center, Kimberly Clarke, Connectiv Energy, Arizona Public Service Company, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), SuperValu, and Nucor Steel. He also has provided his expertise in Behavior Systems Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Human Resources Development to numerous private and government organizations over the past 15 years. Clients include the US Navy-Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), US Department of Energy, US Department of the Interior, National Grocers of Canada, the Deaconess Hospital System, Boyles Furniture, and Alex Lee Inc. of North Carolina.
Dr. Ludwig’s recent Keynote Speeches
Enform Petroleum Safety Conference. May 8, 2014. Banff, Alberta, Canada.
6th & 7th (return engagement) European Conference on Behavior Based Safety and Applied Behavior Analysis, Rome, Italy
NASA Langley Research Center; Safety Week Keynote, Hampton, VA; www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/rn_Ludwig_prt.htm
HSE Transformational Leadership for the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry, Abuja, Niberia
International Symposium on Behavior-based Safety and Safety Management, Beijing, China;
Occupational Health & Safety Management Summit, Bogota, Columbia;
People-Based Safety in Africa Conference, Johanassburg, South Africa.
International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention, A Coruna, Spain;
AmCham's Health Safety and Environment Conference & Exhibition, Trinidad and Tobego;
Behavioral Safety Now (multiple years);
Behavior Management Training Leadership Conference, Darington, United Kingdom;
People-Based Safety Conference (multiple years);
and at Behavior Analysis conferences throughout the United States.