Safety at Work: A Systematic Approach

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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, drives 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. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by Winn Forensics, LLC, a professional services company focusing on corporate, business, and personal safety training as well as consulting on occupational injury matters. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • recognize main characteristics of a behavior-based safety program
  • identify ways you can contribute to a behavior-based safety program
  • identify elements of the ABC model
  • recognize how activators and consequences are used in behavior-based safety programs to encourage safe behavior
  • recognize common causes of safety incidents
  • recognize advantages of participating in a 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 how to use AWARE for safety observation


  • Introduction to Behavior-based Safety
  • Encouraging Safe Behavior
  • Employee Participation
  • Making Observations