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Leadership series

This training series helps leaders at all levels learn the building blocks that support safety culture and boost employee involvement.


You can access trainings by topic or improve your organization in the key dimensions of the Ansbro Safety Culture Spectrum described below.

Not sure how to start? Begin with Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) (Spanish), a great leadership foundation. Learn more about how to use the leadership series.

Want to set leadership goals? Use the leadership development plan form. (Spanish)

Access each section by clicking on the arrow.

The Ansbro Safety Culture Spectrum, named in memory of Trevor Ansbro, who developed the model, describes the characteristics of four stages of safety culture. Learn how SAIF can help you assess the strength of your safety culture by using the Ansbro Safety Culture Spectrum. 

This page describes how to use the model.

The training tools below help build leadership skills. 

Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) (Spanish)
These materials describe a way of leading safety by engaging employees.

Leadership styles (Spanish)
Learn about leadership styles to increase effectiveness.

Emotional intelligence (Spanish
More workplaces are seeing the benefit in developing this leadership dimension. 

Relationship building (Spanish)
Learn about developing relationships to be a more positive leader.

Setting goals  (Spanish)
A key to effective results, this resource will help you learn how to set goals.

Mindfulness  (Spanish)
More leaders are seeing the benefit to promoting mindfulness in the workplace.

Vision (Spanish)
How to create a vision to inspire your employees and connect what they do to your mission.

A leader's role in change management  (Spanish)
Navigating change is essential for all leaders.

Supportive supervision (Spanish)
Get the resources to become a great leader through supportive supervision.

Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
Partners from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) developed this program to help employers implement supportive supervision at their organizations. Each module is 15 minutes or less and includes printable resources.

The tools linked below will help you build accountability into your culture.

Accountability at all levels (Spanish)
See how everyone at an organization has a role in accountability.

Building trust (Spanish)
Trust is an accountability cornerstone; learn how to build it with these resources.

Avoid blame and better understand human error  (Spanish)
Learn that error is inevitable and the advantages of designing systems to handle it.

Coaching employees (Spanish)
Giving appropriate feedback to employees so they can improve is an important leadership skill.

Safety observations for coaching and recognition
When done well, observations can result in positive reinforcement of good work behaviors while providing an opportunity to coach employees on areas they can improve.

Challenging conversations (Spanish)
Every organization has challenging conversations; learn how to make them more effective.

Involving employees in leadership decisions increases buy in for organizational activities while improving overall morale; these tools will help.

Communication (Spanish)
The strongest foundation for leadership and safety is good communication.

Training employees in safety and health best practices

Employee engagement (Spanish)
An engaged workforce is safer, more productive, and happier at work.

Work styles (Spanish)
Knowing your preferred way of working can improve how you work with others.

"I've got your back" Pledge  (Spanish) (Combination English and Spanish)
A great way to improve employee involvement is to use a signed commitment to safety. Use this template to develop your own contract.

Recognition and incentives  (Spanish)
Learn the best ways to acknowledge employee contributions to your organization.

Brainstorming  (Spanish)
Resolve workplace safety concerns using this method that engages employees.

Assessing your workplace for risks improves safety. These tools will provide a way to assess and address risks while involving employees in solutions.

Hierarchy of controls: a way to address hazards 

Learning teams  (Spanish)
Learning teams are an effective way to evaluate risks and follow up on workplace injuries.

What leads to risk-taking behavior? (Spanish)
See why employees sometimes work unsafely and what leaders can do about it.

Job hazard analysis (JHA) and personal protective equipment (PPE) assessment: Identify and control hazards (Spanish)
Both the JHA and the PPE assessment are useful tools that help find and control hazards.