Behaviour-Based Safety

This sem­i­nar will help a health and safe­ty prac­ti­tion­er devel­op an under­stand­ing of Behav­ior Based Safe­ty pro­grams and the skills to assess the poten­tial for implementation.

Course at a glance
  • In-class, face-to-face delivery with web-enhanced instructional support available through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Understand why workers behave the way they do and the factors that impact their decisions in the workplace; learn the effects of management systems on behaviours and the role of supervisors in establishing a culture where safe behaviour is the norm; explore ways of integrating behavioural approaches into safety management systems, as you are guided through the use of supporting tools and processes to address the behaviours in the workplace.
  • Aimed at entry-level and practicing health and safety coordinators, professionals, officers, technicians, supervisors, trainers, management, and administrators.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the safety filter model—How incidents happen.
  • Describe proactive vs. reactive safety cultures.
  • Conduct an assessment on your company’s safety culture.
  • Determine where BBS fits in a safety management system.
  • Assess worker competence levels.
  • Describe personnel performance issues.
  • Understand the growth of effective safety systems.
  • Review the basic principles and practices of BBS management.
  • Describe the components of a behaviour-based safety program.
  • Analyze a critical behaviour to determine antecedents and consequences.
  • List the issues that would be included in a plan for implementing BBS in your current culture and situation.
  • Identify the benefits and challenges of implementing a BBS program in a workplace.
  • Describe methods of measuring, tracking, and reporting a BBS program.
  • Assess the different types of BBS programs available.
  • Select the appropriate BBS program for your company’s safety culture.
  • Develop an implementation strategy for management buy-in of a BBS safety program.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • This face-to-face, web-enhanced course may require access to online materials via eClass, the University of Alberta’s online learning management system.
  • Through the eClass system, students may be required to access course content, participate in activities, submit assignments, complete exams, or communicate with other students and instructor(s).

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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