Dr. Ludwig is a dynamic, award-winning inspirational speaker with a career of keynote speeches all over the world. He specializes in engaging your audience with provocative safety stories based on a lifetime visiting worksites.

Dr. Ludwig is prepared to speak on many different safety topics depending on your  audience's interest.  Each speech is customized based on your company's messaging or conference theme.  Dr. Ludwig's engaging style and humor is mixed with case studies and data to deliver the scientific principles and real-life experiences that your audiences will remember.

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Enform Petroleum Safety Conference.  Banff, Alberta, Canada.     

5th, 6th, & 11th European Conference on Behavior Based Safety and Applied Behavior Analysis. Rome & Verona Italy.

HSE Transformational Leadership for the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry, Abuja, Nigeria.

5th Annual Safety Culture Forum at Beijing, China.

International Symposium on Behavior-based Safety and Safety Management, Beijing, China.

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.  

Behavior Management Training Leadership Conference, Darington, United Kingdom. 

People-Based Safety in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa.

National Safety Conferences:

ASSP Safety 20** (Annual)

Behavioral Safety Now (Annual)

People-Based Safety Conference (Annual)

Appalachian Safety Summit (Annual)

Great Plains Safety and Wellness Conference


Union Pacific Total Safety Culture 20th Anniversary Celebration, Omaha, NE, USA.

Costain Cultural Behavioural Safety Conference, Stratford upon Avon, England  (news release)

Marathon Petroleum Behavior-Based Safety Conferences, Robinson, IL, USA.

FMC Corporataion, HSE Summit, Miami, FL, USA.

Fairbanks Morse Engine Annual HSE Summit

Schlumberger HSE Meetings, Dubai, UAE.

Safety Week Keynote, Langley Research Center, NASA, Langley, VA, USA.

Newell-Rubbermaid, Safety Strategy Week, Atlanta, GA, USA.

PEPSICO, Safety Leadership Workshop, Indianapolis, IN USA.

Heineken Global Safety Conference, Rome, Italy.



If you're a parent then you probably learned safety the hard way as your kids explored their new world.  In this fun talk we will discuss why a compliance-based culture should be replaced by a reinforcing culture that facilitates Actively Caring for others.

Ownership must be facilitated in any Safety Culture Change. Through stories and real-world examples, we'll take a journey though ownership, self-determination, and discretionary behaviors

Understanding variance around risk teaches us how to mature your Safety Culture.  We learn the role of leaders in building the value of safety and the role of engaged workers willing to use their discretion to effect change. 

Labeling (like calling someone "stupid") is a dysfunctional practice that kills a safety culture. Blame the worker and call out that injuries are their fault … and lose the chance to learn.  There is a better way to get at the root causes of behavior.

If checklists are to be effective as behavior-management tools, you must manage the behavior of using checklists! Learn how to increase the Integrity of Procedure Use and Checklists.

Behavioral Safety has been used effectively for decades to reduce injury in a multitude of industries all around the world.  Behavioral Safety evolved from the findings of Behavioral Science whose research has supported innovations in the field. This presentation will present the science behind behavioral safety as well as how to design, implement and evaluate an employee-based observation and feedback process.  Best practices will also be presented.


Costain Behavior Management Conference

  March 15


Appalachian Safety Summit

  May 1-2

  Boone, NC

Association for Behavior Analysis International

  May 27

  San Diego, CA

American Society for Safety Engineers

  June 4

  San Antonio, TX

Western Piedmont Safety Council

  Sept. 24

  Lenoir, NC

Behavioral Safety Now

  October 10-11

  Reno, NV

Western North Carolina Safety School

  November 6

  Asheville, NC

North Carolina Safety Conference (National Safety Council)

  November 16

  Gastonia, NC

Cardinal Insulated Glass Group Safety Leaders Workshop

  December 4

  Minneapolis, MN

Customer Testimonies


That “Zero Harm” goal on all the posters may seem insurmountable. In fact, a misunderstanding of behavioral variance can be dysfunctional for your Safety Culture. A more fruitful path is to get to the numbers behind the number… a path to get you Below Zero through employees engaging in a reporting culture. Let’s learn how some companies achieve Below Zero.

Our safety processes do a good job of finding recognizable hazards and risks but even the trained eye can miss escape paths for injuries.  Safety processes should be designed to better consider Latent Hazards and Risks often at the boundaries of established processes  where novelty and short cuts may conceal gaps in our safety systems.