Safety Leadership Training

The quality of your organisation’s leadership has a direct impact on your safety performance. When it comes to improving safety culture, your organisation’s leaders are the key to resounding success.

That’s a big burden to carry. Leaders often excel technically, but lack the tools and practical experience they need in order to lead safely.

Our Safety Leadership Training takes a multi-disciplinary approach to equip your leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to lead in the safest possible way. The result? Stronger leadership and sustainable, measurable gains in safety performance.

Safety Leadership Training

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At a Glance

  • Safety leadership training delivered by expert culture change consultants
  • IIRSM approved course content
  • Between 2 to 5 days (ideally with a break before the final day, giving space for reflection and application of learning)
  • Typically run with a cohort of 12 people – suitable for leaders at any level
  • Delivered at your work premises or at a venue you choose – throughout the UK and globally
  • Complimented by OCAID Safety Improvement Team Training for front-line staff, although both courses may also be offered stand-alone

What we do

Who relishes slide after slide of dry theory and prescriptive learning? Some may; most would want to avoid it and we’re pretty sure you’ll be with the majority! As a general rule people learn best when they can apply theoretical concepts to their personal role and situation. So when covering material in our Safety Leadership course, we follow our Explore > Engage > Embed model:

Explore > Engage > Embed

  • Explore the theory
    Whilst we do cover the theory behind culture change and leadership, it’s always with a light touch. Our aim is to create multiple ‘lightbulb moments’, where attendees are convinced not only of what they need to change but how and why.
  • Engage with the concept
    This is an interactive course where delegates are encouraged to fully participate though group exercises, individual assessments and thought-provoking discussions, applying learning to situations they encounter in their day-to-day role.
  • Embed the learning
    Importantly, the course provides a safe space where delegates can practice applying the tools and techniques covered, thus maximising the chance that they actually get used. Each delegate will create their own individual development plan, suitable for integrating into future appraisals – a practical application of learning as it relates to them as an individual and their wider role/team context.
Pre-Delivery: Design Phase

Each engagement is unique; we start by getting to grips with where you are as an organisation and work with you to tailor your training to maximise its impact and any previous training investments.

We seek to align materials to your organisation’s existing tools, processes and jargon where deemed appropriate, as well as incorporating case studies that will resonate with leaders within your industry sector.

Ideally we like to split the course into two separate blocks. By introducing a break before the final day(s), delegates have the opportunity to reflect on learning and apply some of the concepts covered in their day-to-day role. Coming back to the final day(s) of the course, they will be encouraged to discuss their experiences and reflect on what did and didn’t work and why.

Cultural Safety Fundamentals
  • The impact of leadership on culture
  • The elements of culture that need leadership
  • Identifying human fallibility types (errors vs violations)
  • Just Culture – accountability and recognition
Leadership Styles for Culture Change

Selecting the right leadership style for the right situation:

  • Matching leadership styles to people
  • Matching leadership styles to purpose
  • Identifying leadership traits
Key Leadership Focus Areas
  • Impacting the organisation
  • Impacting others
  • Self development
How to Hold Effective Safety Conversations

Putting Safety Positively – The Art of Curious Conversations:

  • Theory, Discussion, Demonstration
  • Practical Conversations – practising

We give you the structure of a good conversation, tips on making it sound authentic and a safe space in which to practise.

Developing Employee Engagement
  • Components of a powerful narrative
  • Creating the conditions for engagement
Post-Delivery: Follow-up Coaching

Optionally, we can provide follow-up coaching for leaders, supporting the implementation of learning points and techniques in their day-to-day role and team operations. This can take place face-to-face or online to suit the individuals involved.


Soft skills are notoriously hard to teach. Strong safety leadership is critical to the development of an organisation’s safety culture, and yet leaders often lack the tools, practical experience or confidence they need in order to lead safely.

Our Safety Leadership Course is designed to provide people in leadership roles with the skills to understand how and what influences people to take risk and how to effectively manage people and influence their behaviour. It helps leaders understand how they might unwittingly misrepresent and underestimate risks and hazards – and gives them the tools and techniques to alter perceptions.

Who should attend our Safety Leadership Training?

Our Safety Leadership Training is suitable for leaders at any level of an organisation, from shop floor to boardroom. We are happy to train cohorts of people at a similar level in the organisation or from multiple levels.

What’s in it for you?

As this course is consultant-led rather than trainer-led, it is worlds away from regurgitating a pre-formatted script. Together with the delegates, we create a space to explore the subject in-depth, engage in discussion and hence fully embed learning, resulting in an immensely powerful learning experience.

Specific outcomes will vary dependant on personal commitments of leaders and follow-up embedding within the organisation, but typically should include:

  • An increase in positive safety leadership and curious conversations, leading to far better information exchange
  • Increased positive role-modelling of safe behaviours by management and supervisors and increased identification, recognition and praise for ‘everyday’ safe behaviours
  • Less ‘knee-jerk’ blame and more ‘just’ and fair responses to workplace issues
  • Enhanced engagement and involvement by the workforce in safety

All of the above will strengthen your organisation’s safety culture. This is pertinent to the organisation because it will support the business in preventing future accidents, reducing lost time incident rate, and improving leadership skills at all levels.


  • Reduced injuries
  • Increased safe working behaviours
  • Increased awareness of safety, leadership and communication
  • Additional understanding advanced influencing and coaching skills


  • Increase of leadership skills and behaviours at all staffing levels from grass roots to the top
  • Improved employee engagement
    • Reduced absence and employee turnover
    • Reduced organisational risk
  • Strong employer brand


  • Empowered and competent staff
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved bottom line


All delegates will receive:

  • Workbook with a copy of the course slides and plain notes pages for delegates to personalise and make notes
  • IIRSM-approved course certificate

As part of the training course, each attendee will create their own personal improvement plan, suitable for integrating into future appraisals.

The level of engagement and understanding of each candidate will be informally assessed by the lead consultant. Post course examination is available on request for an additional fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does leadership impact safety?

How much do the leaders in your organisation value safety? How much are they perceived to value safety? The latter is one of the key predictors of the strength of an organisation’s safety culture. It’s based on what leaders regularly do and say.

For example, if a manger walks past an employee not wearing the correct PPE for the job – perhaps because they do not notice it is not being worn – the employee can be left with impression that managers do not mind if safety rules are not followed. How they express any concerns they have massively influences the effectiveness of an intervention.

It is these soft signals that can play a major role in embedding safety throughout an organisation. The consistency and authenticity of leaders at any level in the organisation is crucial to building a strong safety culture. Giving them the tools and skills contained in the course maximises the opportunity to positively impact safety.

Our senior leaders are busy people; can this be done in smaller modules?

Yes! We recognise that getting leaders in a room together for a whole day or more can be challenging and we are happy to break the course down into smaller modules where needed.

In fact, we prefer to run the training course in at least two separate blocks, to allow time for reflection and application of learning in between.

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