Course 116 Introduction to Safety Accountability

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Modules: 2
Hours: 1
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 116 Introduction to Safety Accountability

Key Topics

  • Definitions
  • Standards of Performance
  • Resources and Support
  • Performance Measurement
  • Effective Consequences
  • Reinforcement

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

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Accountability ranks right at the top with management commitment as a critical element in a company's safety and health management system. Accountability is one of the answers to the question, "why do we behave the way we do in the workplace?" Consequences. So, we must understand what it is and how it should work as part of the safety management system.

Management may impose all kinds of safety policies, programs, written plans, directives, rules, and training on the workforce. Still, as you'll soon learn, none of that effort will matter unless the appropriate application of effective consequences within a culture of accountability exists: only then will desired behaviors be sustained. After all, employees must believe they are going to be held accountable for the decisions they make and the actions they take, or you can be sure that any safety management effort is ultimately doomed to failure.

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Module 1: Standards, Resources, and Measurement

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Contrast the difference between "responsibility" and "accountability."
  • List the six elements of an effective safety accountability program.
  • Discuss why it is important to have formal standards of performance in a safety management system.
  • Give examples of providing adequate resources and psychosocial support.
  • Give examples of key performance indicators (KPIs) for managers, supervisors, and employees.
  • Discuss the criteria required before holding employees accountable in safety is appropriate.

Module 2: Consequences and Evaluations

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss the concept of "cause and effect" and how it applies to safety accountability.
  • Define and give examples of positive/negative reinforcement and positive/negative punishment.
  • Discuss why "ignoring" as a consequence, is so damaging to an effective safety culture.

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