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Behaviour Based Safety in the Workplace2017-04-06T13:00:42+00:00

Behaviour Based Safety in the Workplace

This 1 day course provides employees with essential knowledge in Health & Safety in the Workplace. Learners gaining this qualification will gain understanding that health and safety is the collective responsibility of everyone within a business, including contractors, visitors and suppliers. Research suggests that 85% of workplace accidents result from “unsafe acts” rather than the 15% resulting from “unsafe conditions,” yet a traditional approach to safety sets a lot of store by controlling unsafe conditions, mainly because controlling conditions is easier than controlling behaviour. It approaches workplace safety from the position of recognising what influences employee behaviour and how you can change that behaviour to prevent accidents and illness. Unlike a traditional approach to safety, behaviour-based safety starts from the position that “It is better to slay a dragon than to teach people ways to live peacefully with him.”

Our Behaviour-Based Safety training course can be delivered either within the work place, at our Tewkesbury Gloucestershire main office or at one of our training centres throughout the UK.

Who Needs this Qualification?

This qualification is intended for learners working in any environment, including retail, manufacturing, food premises, and the care sector.  It is also suitable for learners who are returning to work or for those starting work for the first time.

Why is this Training Important?

In the UK, health and safety legislation is drawn up and enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities under the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This act introduced a general duty on all employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees. Previously a reliance on detailed prescriptive rule-setting was seen as having failed to respond rapidly enough to technological change, leaving new technologies potentially un-regulated or inappropriately regulated. The HSE has continued to make some regulations giving absolute duties (where something must be done with no ‘reasonable practicability’ test) but in the UK the regulatory trend is away from prescriptive rules, and towards ‘goal setting’ and risk assessment. Recent major changes to the laws governing asbestos and fire safety management embrace the concept of risk assessment. This approach is heavily influenced by human behaviours in the workplace, focusing on conscious compliant behaviour through reinforcement, rather than simple concentration on rules and procedures.

Providing suitable and sufficient training is one important way an employer complies with these duties, by providing information and understanding of the potential hazards in the workplace, and by helping employees through developing competence to behave consistently in a way that does not compromise their own health, safety and welfare, or indeed that of their colleagues.

What is Health & Safety?

As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), occupational health deals with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace and has a strong focus on primary prevention of hazards. Health has been defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Occupational health is a multidisciplinary field of healthcare concerned with enabling an individual to undertake their occupation, in the way that causes least harm to their health.

Since 1950, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have shared a common definition of occupational health. It was adopted by the Joint ILO/WHO Committee on Occupational Health at its first session in 1950 and revised at its twelfth session in 1995. The definition reads:

“The main focus in occupational health is on three different objectives:

  • The maintenance and promotion of workers’ health and working capacity
  • The improvement of working environment and work to become conducive to safety and health
  • The development of work organisations and working cultures in a direction which supports health and safety at work and in doing so also promotes a positive social climate and smooth operation and may enhance productivity of the undertakings. The concept of working culture is intended in this context to mean a reflection of the essential value systems adopted by the undertaking concerned. Such a culture is reflected in practice in the managerial systems, personnel policy, principles for participation, training policies and quality management of the undertaking.”

— Joint ILO/WHO Committee on Occupational Health

Those in the field of occupational health come from a wide range of disciplines and professions including medicine psychology, epidemiology, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, occupational therapy, occupational medicine, human factors and ergonomics, and many others. Professionals advise on a broad range of occupational health matters. These include how to avoid particular pre-existing conditions causing a problem in the occupation, correct posture for the work, frequency of rest breaks, preventative action that can be undertaken, and so forth.

Occupational health should aim at:

  • The promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations
  • The prevention amongst workers of departures from health caused by their working conditions
  • The protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health
  • The placing and maintenance of the worker in an occupational environment adapted to his physiological and psychological capabilities
  • The adaptation of work to man and of each man to his job.


The learners are assessed by sitting a question paper which tests knowledge and consists of a 30-minute 15-question multiple-choice examination. Successful learners must achieve at least 10 correct answers out of the 15 questions to pass the qualification.


On completion of the course, the learner will have a clear understanding of:

  • The roles and responsibilities for health, safety and welfare in the workplace

  • How risk assessments contribute to health and safety

  • The concepts behind behaviour based safety

  • The features of a positive safety culture

  • The impact of human factors on workplace safety

  • The factors and nature of “Human Error”

  • The role of Perception, Personality and Attitude in relation to behaviour

  • The Antecedents and Consequences of Behaviours

  • The effects of Positive and Negative Reinforcement upon safety related behaviour

  • Strategies in improving safety related behaviour

  • The concept of Transactional Analysis in relation to influencing safety related behaviour

  • The procedures for responding to accidents and incidents in the workplace


Successful completion of the course and the exam will generate the award of a certificate.

Behaviour Based Safety in the Workplace- Entry Requirements & Requalification

There are no prerequisites for this qualification, however it is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that candidates should refresh their knowledge every three years.


Successful candidates could progress to the Level 3 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace.

Behaviour Based Safety in the Workplace Training Venues

All of our training venues are specially selected for their high quality and to ensure they create a great learning environment for the delegates. At Universal Safety Solutions, the comfort and well-being of our delegates is essential and as such we provide refreshments and snacks throughout the course and a buffet lunch for full day courses.

We run regular open training courses in the following locations:

  • Gloucestershire: Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester

  • Worcestershire: Worcester, Evesham, Malvern

  • Wiltshire: Swindon

  • Somerset: Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Bath

  • Devon: Exeter

  • South Wales: Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend, Swansea

  • West Wales: Carmarthen

Additionally we have a number of high quality training venues available to us throughout the Midlands, South and South West from which we offer company based training. Full details of training venues.

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