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116 Introduction to Safety Accountability
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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.

This course is for employees, supervisors, managers and safety staff who are responsible for developing and maintaining effective accountability programs within their safety management systems.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you should be able to:
ID Objective
TO 1.0 Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the final course assessment.
LO 1.1.1 Define and contrast the difference between "accountability," and "responsibility."
LO 1.1.2 List and summarize the elements of an effective safety accountability program.
LO 1.1.3 List and discuss the criteria for the administration of appropriate safety discipline.
LO 1.1.4 Give examples of formal standards of performance in a safety accountability program.
LO 1.1.6 Give examples of adequate physical and psychosocial support in an effective safety accountability program.
LO 1.1.7 Describe and give examples of safety accountability program key performance indicators for managers, supervisors, and employees.
LO 1.1.8 Describe the four circumstances that must be fulfilled before an employee can be appropriately held accountable for safety performance.
LO 1.2.1 Describe and give examples of the "cause - effect" relationship between performance and consequences.
LO 1.2.2 Define, describe, and give examples of positive and negative recognition for safety performance.
LO 1.2.3 Describe the characteristics of effective recognition programs.
LO 1.2.4 Describe and give examples of the consequences of ignoring safety performance.
LO 1.2.5 Describe and give examples of actions supervisors can take that demonstrate they are fulfilling their own accountabilities.
LO 1.2.6 Describe the process of evaluation of the quality of the safety accountability system.

Key: Terminal Objective (TO), Learning Objective (LO)