Develop, implement and monitor behavioural safety in the workplace

Business Sectors (Suites): Health and Safety
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 01 Jan 2019


This standard covers the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and monitor behavioural safety programmes.

The standard is aimed at anyone working in an organisation with a mature health and safety management system, wishing to implement a behavioural safety programme in a workplace. Consultation with the management and workforce is essential.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. identify where improvements can be made to the organisation's health and safety management and culture
  2. assess, identify or develop a suitable programme for use within your workplace
  3. identify areas for potential improvements and make recommendations and gain approval to implement programmes following standard operating procedures
  4. develop action plans to implement behavioural safety programmes following industry best practice
  5. agree principles and purpose for programmes including consultation with management and workers following standard operating procedures  
  6. set targets to improve behavioural safety and communicate to relevant personnel following standard operating procedures  
  7. implement behavioural safety action plans following industry best practice
  8. monitor employees' behaviour effectively in a working environment following industry best practice
  9. develop safety leadership checklists following industry best practice
  10. report on-going performance against agreed targets following standard operating procedures  
  11. identify issues relating to implementing behavioural safety and take corrective action following industry best practice

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. what is meant by safety culture
  2. what is meant by behavioural safety
  3. principles underlying the behavioural safety process
  4. obstacles to safe leadership
  5. methods of influencing behaviour across an organisation
  6. responsibilities of safety leadership
  7. benefits of implementing behavioural safety
  8. when to implement a behavioural safety programme
  9. aspects of human factors linked to behavioural safety
  10. safe and unsafe behaviours
  11. evidence that behavioural changes will improve safety
  12. strengths and weaknesses of programmes


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

01 Jan 2023





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Relevant Occupations

Health and Safety Managers, Health and Safety Officers, Occupational Health Workers, Occupational Hygienists and Safety Officers (health and safety)

SOC Code



Occupational health and safety; behaviour; behavioural safety