Measuring safety starts with behaviours and ends with outcomes based on behaviours
BEHAVIOUR BASED SAFETY ONLINE COURSE OVERVIEW
e all know that workplace incidents involving injuries are costly in terms of human loss and suffering as well as in terms of finances–impacting productivity, infrastructure, and profitability. With thousands of workplace fatalities and debilitating injuries reported in Canada and the United States every year, these costs keep rising. Yet research into workplace incidents and near misses often reveal that the majority of these events are foreseeable and preventable.
For every injury that occurs in the workplace, there may be a multitude of near misses, a clear signal that we need to focus not just on the major incidents, but on the day-to-day behaviours of everyone in the organization. By digging deeper and exploring the actions that lead to these near misses, we can discover the core attitudes and conduct affecting safety in the workplace. The biggest challenge every workplace faces is at-risk behaviours. This makes behaviour-based safety the greatest opportunity for positive change in any organization.
Behavior-based safety creates a partnership between management and workers that focuses on behaviour in relation to work. It encourages workers to help each other be safe by calling out at-risk behaviours and encouraging safe behaviours, effectively creating a culture of safety.
The key to preventing workplace incidents lies in changing behaviour. This course is designed to heighten everyone’s sensitivity to at-risk situations and to provide the tools and understanding required to shift at-risk behaviours in ourselves and others to safer behaviour.
This course explores the following topics:
- Factors that influence behaviour
- Different types of consequences and how they affect behaviour
- How habits are formed and changed
- The elements of an effective safety culture and ways it can be improved
BEHAVIOUR-BASED SAFETY ONLINE COURSE TOPICS
The course is organized into four chapters:
- ABC Model of Behaviour
- Behaviour-based Safety
- Safety Culture
Chapter 1: ABC Model of Behaviour
This chapter describes a model of behaviour that helps explain why individuals exhibit at-risk behaviours, as well as what makes individuals decide to work safely. The chapter explores four different types of consequences and the behaviour each is likely to evoke. It also looks at key influencers that impact our behaviour.
Chapter 2: Habits
Habits, once formed, whether good or bad, are resistant to change. This chapter explores habit formation, breaking bad habits, and building good habits.
Chapter 3: Behaviour-based Safety
Behaviour-based safety (BBS) is a science-based, systematic approach to safety that uses an understanding of what drives, reinforces, and sustains individuals’ safe behaviour. This chapter describes the “Do It” system, a four-step process that enables teams to correct unsafe behaviours.
Chapter 4: Safety Culture
This chapter explores different types of safety cultures, challenges to an effective safety culture, and tips and strategies for building an effective safety culture.
The course is presented with voice-over narration and features photographs, videos, animated graphics, and activities to enhance the educational experience.
This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.
Why is Behaviour-based Safety Important?
Behaviour-based safety is another tool in our toolbox. It’s a tool that we use to initiate a conversation about safety, an exchange of information about a task where one of the two people in the conversation very likely knows more about the safety of that task than the other.
If it’s done properly, it becomes an open exchange of information. It’s just an opportunity to determine what motivates people to act one way or another, to act unsafely or to act safely.
When you see it, you own it!
When someone sees an at-risk bahaviour, they need to know they are now responsible for it and for that person.
Behaviour-based safety provides tools to allow team members to effectively intervene and potentially prevent an accident.
I’ve been in OH&S for more than 20 years, and over 80% of incidents I have investigated were, in my opinion, preventable. In many cases the hazards and behaviours were visible; people would point out that they saw the hazard.
A behaviour-based safety system can help companies get to the core of this problem and prevent a lot of these incidents.
Average Completion Time
Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 75 minutes.
Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.