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2021 EHS Virtual Master Class: Safety Culture Leadership - On-Demand

2021 EHS Virtual Master Class: Safety Culture Leadership - On-Demand

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2021 EHS Virtual Master Class: Safety Culture Leadership On-Demand

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Program Length: 4 hours

Achieving an ideal safety culture must actively involve all employees, and leaders play a particularly important role in influencing an organization’s safety culture, including the development of shared ownership for safety. Further, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Reaching a world-class safety culture requires reliable tools to gauge your current strengths and weaknesses, direct your improvement efforts, and assess results.

Although most employees feel leaders truly care about safety, there is still much that employees expect of leadership to help build an ideal safety culture. To show real support for safety, what leaders say about safety is not enough; what we do is most important. But what behaviors best demonstrate actively caring for safety? A number of assessments and cultural development projects have revealed what employees want to in order to show safety is important to leaders personally and for the organization as a whole.

For example, employees want their leaders to:

  1. Show up by visiting site/work locations in person and talk to the people on the job;
  2. Get their hands dirty by getting out of the meeting rooms and into the production/operations areas to see firsthand the conditions, equipment, and procedures employees must deal with;
  3. Bring the checkbook, not simply to throw money at the problem, but rather to demonstrate a willingness to provide the appropriate resources for tools, equipment, personnel, and scheduling to support safety; and
  4. Not blame people for system problems.

The identification of at-risk behavior should be the beginning of the analysis, not the end. Consider how employees might currently be inappropriately rewarded for risky behavior. Consider all contributing factors (e.g., training, production pressure, excessive overtime, formal and informal rules and procedures, and tools and equipment) when analyzing safety incidents.

This presentation will focus on the importance of building an ideal safety culture, with a focus on leadership behaviors that improve the safety culture and demonstrate safety as a value, as well as behavior and cultural assessments that can help guide leadership and organizational training and development.

After this class, the audience will be able to:

  • Describe the components of an ideal safety culture
  • Identify key leadership behaviors that show employee safety is important to leadership and to the organization
  • Describe how safety culture surveys, focus group interviews, and safety systems assessments, can be used to refine existing safety management systems to improve their overall effectiveness as well as their influence on the organization’s safety culture
  • Describe how leadership assessments can be used to guide leadership training and organizational development

*Registrants will have access for 60-days from purchase.

2021 EHS Virtual Master Class: Safety Culture Leadership - On-Demand


5 Minutes
Presenter Introduction

1 Hour
Leadership's Impact on Safety Culture and Key Behaviors that Enforce Your Company's Goal

Obtaining leadership buy-in is critical to getting any new program off the ground, but when it comes to safety culture, actions speak louder than words. If your leaders aren't practicing what you preach, your organization's chances at a successful safety culture are slim to none.

Here you'll learn:

  • The components of an ideal safety culture,
  • What key leadership behaviors look like, and
  • The importance of having your leaders embody these behaviors to help enforce your safety culture program.

15 Minutes

1 Hour
Overhauling Your Safety Management Systems for Optimum Success

How you manage your safety culture will make all the difference in getting employees to participate, engage, and practice the safety strategies you put in place.

In this session, you'll learn:

  • Best practices for managing your safety culture;
  • Various methods to assess how your systems are performing, such as surveys, focus group interviews, and safety systems assessments; and
  • How to refine existing safety management systems to improve overall effectiveness as well as their influence on the organization’s safety culture.

15 Minutes

1 Hour
Optimizing Leadership Skill sets for an Ideal Safety Culture

You now know which leadership behaviors are important for your organization's safety culture, but how do you assess talent to know whether he or she is equipped with the skill set to train and develop employees on better safety practices?

Here you'll learn:

  • How leadership assessments can be used to guide training and organizational development,
  • Various types of assessments offered,
  • And more!

25 Minutes
Q & A with Presenter and Closing Remarks

During this session, attendees will be able to interact with Steve Roberts in real time. Ask your most pressing questions and get specific guidance and advice that is sure to set you up for success.

Agenda subject to change

2021 EHS Virtual Master Class: Safety Culture Leadership - On-Demand


Steve RobertsSteve Roberts, PhD, is cofounder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions. He earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management. For the past 30 years, his areas of expertise include the implementation and evaluation of behavior and people-based safety processes, assessment of organizational culture, management systems design, organizational leadership, and reducing human error.

Roberts taught the ASSE Seminarfest course People-Based Safety each year from 2005 to 2018 and again in 2021 when it transitioned to ASSP SafetyFOCUS. Roberts authored the book chapter “Actively Caring for Occupational Safety: Preventing Injuries with People Based Safety,” in Scott Geller’s 2013 book Actively Caring for People.

Roberts is also lead author for the book chapter “Principles of Behavior-Based Safety” in the Handbook of Safety Principles, edited by Niklas Möller in 2018. Roberts was named among the “50 Top Safety Leaders” by ISHN News, is a regular keynote speaker, and consults with clients across all industry types.

2021 EHS Virtual Master Class: Safety Culture Leadership On-Demand

SAFETY CREDIT INFORMATION: This webinar qualifies for 0.45 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 1 CMP credit for CHMMs, and eligible for CM credits for CIHs who attend. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) may also be available for environmental managers participating in this webinar (please note that webinar participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit).

HR Certification Institute HRCI
SHRM Preferred Provider

CREDIT INFORMATION: HRCI® ( official seal confirms that BLR®—Business & Learning Resources meets the criteria for preapproved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

This program has been approved for (3) (HR (General)) recertification credit Approved Provider toward aPHR®, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through the HRCI.
These credits expire 12/31/21.

BLR®—Business & Learning Resources is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for (3) PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit
The on-demand credits expire 12/31/21.

2021 EHS Virtual Master Class: Safety Culture Leadership On-Demand

Frequently Asked Questions

What computer set-up do I need to attend this class?

This will be hosted on the GoToMeeting platform. Attendees should have access to a computer that has a microphone and speakers to participate, there is also an option to dial-in over a phone line if you need to connect on your phone. You can read the full system requirements for GoToMeeting by visiting You can also test your system by visiting