Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Symposium #125
Protocol for the Management and Monitoring of Measurements for COVID-19 Containment
Saturday, May 29, 2021
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Area: OBM/DEV; Domain: Theory
Chair: Terry E. McSween (Quality Safety Edge)
Discussant: Mark P. Alavosius (Praxis2LLC)

The symposium will focus on the importance of the application and divulgation of Behavior Based Safety processes, underlining the essential elements of the science of Behavior Analysis. The two presentations will be focusing on how a B-BS Process has been adapted and integrated in order to face the current challenge of the COVID-19, a common issue all the world is needing to face. The first presentation will be focusing on giving a clear explanation and understanding on how the B-BS Protocol for the COVID-19 has been developed, modified and arrived to its final version. With the second presentation individuals attending to the symposium will be able to see the effects of such protocol, that has been applied in various fields, not only in relation to firms or companies. The use of data and examples will allow individuals to have a better understanding of the application of the protocol and how through the use of behavior analysis we can control and modify our behaviors and consequentially try and reduce the continues spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Behavior-Based Safety, Behavioral Safety, covid, OBM

The COVID-19 Protocol: Final Version

FABIO TOSOLIN (A.A.R.B.A. - Association for the Advancement of Radical Behavior Analysis)

The appropriate application of hygiene focused behaviors is an essential component that can largely influence the containment of the virus. Behavior Based Safety (B-BS) seems to be the only evidence-based method that ensures high levels of production, high frequency and accuracy of prevention behavior. A B-BS protocol that specifically focuses on the COVID-19 situation has been developed in order to: a) be largely prepared in advance, b) allow the start of the process in just 4 days, c) provide an accurate measurement through bi-daily observations and, d) get the ultra-rapid ascent of the performance curves within 10 days from the start of the process. During 2020, the first version of the COVID-19 Protocol has been developed and presented. Given the opportunity that has emerged during the month of June to create a Consensus Conference, experts in the field of Behavior Analysis from the OBM Network have gathered to discuss on the future guidelines and development of the final version of the protocol. Various results of the implementation of such protocol will be presented and discussed to underline the effectiveness not only of the protocol but specifically on the relevance of the science of Behavior Analysis.


A Behavioral Data-Driven Approach for the Containment of COVID-19


The entire world is currently needing to face a pandemic situation, that is bringing society to change and adapt themselves to the needs of society. As we may all know behavior is an essential component that is having a major influence in the spread of the virus, in the entire world. The appropriate application of a B-BS COVID-19 protocol is one of the solutions that needs to be adopted for the containment of this pandemic crisis. When specifically talking about B-BS, we are explaining a scientific method that involves making significant changes in the usual activities and routines of all the individuals that are adopting it. Such change is of great impact, requiring dedication and will, needing to be adopted and viewed as a new ‘lifestyle’ inside the firm, hospital, school and etc. Throughout the presentation, clear examples of the application of a B-BS process, in the industrial or social field, will be presented and described. This will allow the audience to have a better understanding on how such a method is applied and the change it can bring in relation to individuals behaviors and lives.




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