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SAFETY LEADERSHIP

Shaping Safety Culture through Safety Leadership

WHY DO I NEED THIS COURSE?

Commitment of a company’s management to health and safety shapes the company’s safety culture. There is a saying: “What interests my boss fascinates me.” In other words, managers set the tone and should not underestimate their impact on the organization they lead. Managers’ words and, more importantly, their actions set an example for employees and influence employees’ beliefs and behaviour – either positively or negatively – in terms of health and safety, thus, shaping the company’s safety culture. Managers can use a variety of tools to shape safety culture: they can establish strategic requirements and objectives, allocate resources required for safety and risk management, train personnel. 

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The course goal is to help managers become leaders truly committed to safety and able to improve their company’s safety culture. To achieve this goal, the following learning objectives will be accomplished:

  • Participants will understand the importance of safety and how safety contributes to improving business performance;

  • Participants will learn about the value of a systematic risk-based approach to safety management;

  • Participants will become familiar with key elements of a modern safety management system and aware of their role at each stage;

  • Participants will learn what safety culture is and how leaders shape safety culture through their words, actions, or inaction;

  • Participants will learn how to use practical tools for promoting safety culture;

  • Participants will assess their individual leadership qualities and work out individual development plans;

  • Participants will identify typical systemic barriers to improving safety culture and ways to overcome them in an organization.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? 

The course is intended for senior and middle managers and all those who are responsible for managing risks and resources and interested in improving their company’s safety culture.  

WHAT IS THE COURSE PROGRAM?

DAY 1

  • How HSE contributes to better and more effective business.

  • Foundations of HSE that every leader should know:

    • Systemic approach to HSE management;

    • Sharing HSE responsibilities between business and HSE departments;

    • Risk-based approach to HSE: “Manage risks rather than incidents!”;

    • Practical task: “Risk-based decision making;”

    • How to set goals and measure success in HSE. Why it is important for leaders to measure actual HSE performance continuously;

    • Practical task: “Setting balanced goals, leading and lagging indicators to measure HSE performance and ensure continuous improvement;”

    • Vision Zero concept.

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DAY 2

  • Safety culture, the impact of safety culture on occupational safety and key models of safety culture.

  • Express safety culture diagnostics.

  • Role of leadership in shaping safety culture.

  • Leaders’ practical tools for promoting safety culture:

    • Employee involvement and motivation;

    • Ensuring HSE competence;

    • Effective HSE communications;

    • Personal commitment to HSE;

    • Practical task: “Developing individual plans to improve leadership.”

  • H&S leadership model – key HSE leadership qualities.

  • Practical task: "What kind of HSE leader am I?" – self-assessment of individual HSE leadership qualities and reviewing individual plans to improve leadership.

  • Typical systemic barriers to shaping safety culture.

  • Practical task: “Identifying barriers to shaping a company’s safety culture and how to overcome them.”

The program may be adapted to a client’s standards, risks, business cases, and requests.

Vision Zero Model,

ILO, ISSA

HOW LONG IS THE COURSE AND WHAT IS THE FORMAT? 

16 hours (The program may be reduced to 8 hours based on topics selected by a client.)

Courses are provided for corporate groups on dates convenient for a client as

  • corporate face-to-face courses at any location in Canada or the USA on a company’s premises OR

  • corporate webinar courses designed as sets of 2, 3, or 4 webinars – in ZOOM for Business or MS Teams – as requested by a client.

IS IT PRACTICAL? IS IT FUN?

The course is interactive, and it is based on the interaction between an instructor and participants; it includes a variety of training formats: mini-lectures, discussions, practical exercises in small groups, analysis of business cases, individual self-assessment, watching video materials – to ensure understanding of the materials and reinforce the learning process. An instructor uses a lot of examples from international best practices.

Participants will be able to put the knowledge and skills acquired during the course to practice immediately.  

CERTIFICATE

​Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate of completion. 

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