Behaviour-Based Safety

Measuring safety starts with behaviours and ends with outcomes based on behaviours



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


The behaviour based safety training course is organized into four chapters:

  1. ABC Model of Behaviour
  2. Habits
  3. Behaviour-based Safety
  4. 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.

Universally Compatible

This behaviour based safety training 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?

Supporting Partners


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.


Knowledge Assessment

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.