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SAFETY LEADERSHIP AND CULTURE

Shaping Safety Culture through Safety Leadership

WHY DO I NEED THIS COURSE?

Health and safety is a key performance measure within successful and forward-thinking organizations. Effective leaders understand that health and safety is not just a moral imperative, but also contributes to the achievement of objectives across the organizational spectrum covering finance, operations, compliance and governance.
Productivity improvements, competitive advantage, talent retention and effective risk management are just a few of the things which flow from strong organizational health and safety performance and culture.
Whether it is finance, marketing, human resources, or health and safety, leaders should always seek to develop their high-level understanding within each component part of their organization in order to monitor and positively influence overall performance. Our Safety Leadership and Culture course is designed to support both savvy and aspiring leaders in gaining core understanding of how their behaviours and responsibilities directly impact on health and safety management.

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. Participants will

  • understand the importance of health and safety for improving organizational performance;

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

  • get familiar with the concepts of human and organizational performance and human factors;

  • reflect on their own individual leadership qualities and values and develop individual development plans;

  • learn practical tools for improving safety culture and performance in their 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.  

KEY TOPICS COVERED IN THE COURSE PROGRAM

Module 1. The foundations of H&S leadership
- What is H&S Leadership
- Moral, legal, business reasons for H&S
- Sharing responsibilities for H&S

Module 2. Safety culture
- Safety culture as part of organizational culture
- Characteristics of safety culture
- Safety culture maturity ladder
- How leaders shape safety culture

Module 3. A system approach to H&S
- Management system thinking in H&S
- Setting an H&S policy
- Determining H&S objectives and KPIs - measuring "the right things"
- Commitment to continual improvement in H&S

Module 4. A risk-based approach to H&S
- The terminology of risk assessment
- A risk assessment process
- Risk profiling

Module 5. Human failure affecting decision-making in H&S
- Human factors
- Human errors vs violations
- "Thinking fast and thinking slow"
- Mental shortcuts (mind traps)
- Cognitive biases
- Personal beliefs

Module 6. Visible leadership in H&S
- How leaders can build and promote a shared vision
- What practical actions leaders can take to promote H&S

Module 7. Engaging employees and building relationships
- Building rapport and trust with others
- Leadership practices for engaging employees in H&S

Module 8. Motivation and recognition
- Internal motivation
- Recognition of safe behaviour and achievements

Module 9. Effective communication in H&S
- Effective communication tips
- A safety moment
- "Darn good questions" about safety
- A leadership safety tour

Module 10. Final test

HOW LONG IS THE COURSE AND WHAT IS THE FORMAT? 

8 - 16 hours 

The course is available as

  • an online course in our Learning Management System with unlimited instructor support (8-16 hours)

  • in-company classroom course (8 hours) at any location in Canada or the USA for a group of 8-20 participants

  • in-company live virtual course in ZOOM or MS Teams (two 4-hour webinars) for a group of 8-20 participants

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 completing the assessment, you will receive a Canadian Safety Institute certificate.

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