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Health, Safety & Security

Behavior-Based Safety


The purpose of this course is to provide managers and safety professionals with a deeper understanding of their role in implementing and determining the outcomes of a safety program. 'How to be a Leader in Safety and Health' focuses on the importance of top management involvement in guiding the process of implementing new approaches to health and safety. The course addresses the change management process which can be a challenge for some organizations seeking a significant improvement in their health and safety performance. When routine and traditional risk reduction approaches do not produce the desired results, a new strategy should be put in place. Moreover, participants will be ready to take a leadership role in promoting good health and safety practices and implementing related changes

Targeted Groups:

Safety officers and other safety professionals involved in developing, implementing and making safety an integral part of the overall organizational culture

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Enhance your ability to effectively manage a safety and health program
  • Develop skills in safety supervision, leadership, and evaluation
  • Identify and list safety and health training needs
  • Assess and measure a safety and health culture
  • Effectively measure a safety culture program after implementation

Targeted Competencies:

  • Health and safety management
  • Planning and organizing
  • Investigating and assessing
  • Providing and receiving feedback
  • Building rapport
  • Analyzing and evaluating
  • Leadership

Course Content:

Unit 1: Characteristics of an Effective Safety Culture:

  • Does Management Commitment Make a Difference?
  • Top Management Commitment and Employee Involvement
  • Effective Communication
  • Analyzing Incidents and Accidents
  • Defining a Value System
  • Why Do Safety Cultures Fail?

Unit 2: Human Barriers to Safety, and Behavior-Based Intervention:

  • Behavior-Based Psychology
  • The Complexity of People
  • Sensation, Perception, and Perceived Risk
  • Identifying Critical Behavior
  • Behavioral Safety Analysis
  • Intervening with Activators
  • Intervening with Consequences
  • Intervening as a Behavior-Change Agent

Unit 3: Safety Supervision and Leadership:

  • Safety Responsibilities
  • Identifying and Correcting Hazards
  • Ensuring Safety Accountability
  • Creating a Culture of Consequences
  • Tough-Caring Leadership

Unit 4: Journey to a Safety Culture:

  • Pathway to Safety Excellence
  • Developing Goals and Objectives
  • Identifying and Establishing Goals
  • Conducting Self-Assessments and Benchmarking
  • Change Analysis

Unit 5: Actively Caring for Safety:

  • Understanding Actively Caring
  • Psychology of Actively Caring
  • Person-Based Approach to Actively Caring
  • Increasing Actively Caring Behaviors

Unit 6: Measuring the Safety Culture

  • The Nature of All Safety Systems
  • Assessment Techniques
  • The Deming Cycle
  • What should be Evaluated?
  • Evaluation Tools
  • Developing and Implementing the Action Plan