Safety at Work: A Systematic Approach

Employees participating in a behavior-based safety program


Expected Duration
30 minutes

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had more control over the way you do your job – especially tasks related to your personal safety and health? Many safety programs are designed and implemented by managers, with the expectation that employees will follow the practices they prescribe. While employee health and safety is paramount, safety programs designed by management may fail to recognize why employees take the risks they do – even though they may have been trained in proper, safe procedures. Systematic approaches to safety at work, such as behavior-based safety, can be used to enhance the safety programs organizations have in place – tackling safety issues by involving employees at all levels of the organization – where changes to improve safety are driven by employees on up through management. In this way the collective experience of employees, like you, drive the change for safer work practices and conditions. This course explores the concept of behavior-based safety, how a behavior-based safety program is used to enhance safe behavior and a safety culture, as well as the roles and responsibilities of employees and management.
Safety at Work: A Systematic Approach was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.


Behavior-based Safety

  • recognize main characteristics of a behavior-based safety program
  • identify ways you can contribute to a successful behavior-based safety program
  • recognize how activators and consequences are used in behavior-based safety programs to encourage safe behavior
  • identify elements of the ABC model
  • recognize common causes of safety incidents
  • recognize why it’s to your advantage to participate in your company’s behavior-based safety program
  • recognize your responsibilities in a behavior-based safety program
  • recognize the various types of analysis that you might be involved in as safety improvements are sought
  • recognize how the risk pyramid can be used to understand behavior
  • recognize what’s involved with performing a safety observation using AWARE





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