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What is IOSH Approved Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety?

How often has it been said that behavioural change is the key to improving performance? This course sets out to do exactly that: change behaviours and improve safety performance. Ideally suited to those who have already completed a formal health and safety course, this is the next step to delivering great results back in the workplace.

Brought to you through an exclusive partnership with BSST, this IOSH Approved Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety course has been designed by leading Performance Psychologist, Darren Sutton. It couples his unparalleled knowledge with over 20 years of experience in senior management in the Health and Safety sector. Each module of the course is introduced by Darren via video. You can start the course as soon as you are enrolled.

If you want to initiate change within your organisation (or your life in general for that matter) then this is the ideal starting point.

Who is the IOSH Approved Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety Course Suitable For?

Specifically for Leaders, Managers and Supervisors in all industries the online IOSH Approved Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety course will have a positive influence on your behaviour and that of your colleagues. Become a workplace influencer by up-skilling yourself on the main principles of people behaviour and putting this into practice.

What’s Included in the IOSH Approved Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety Course?

Delivery Method

E-learning / Online – Instant access with interactive study support

Course Duration

Tailored to fit around the schedule of learners, the course should take approximately six to eight hours to complete. (12 months access provided).


  • Six engaging modules and an online course assessment
  • A conversational style throughout
  • Each module is introduced by a Performance Psychologist via a short video
  • Interactive and easy-to-use learning platform
  • Information from experts in niche areas of safety performance
  • Access to academic papers
  • IOSH Certificate awarded to every successful delegate

Module 1 – Safety Leadership

What is the impact of leadership and culture? In this module we explore this very thing and get an understanding of the variety of leadership styles, including your own! Also, lets challenge the status quo and find out how we can take different approaches.

Module 2 – Avoiding Failure or Creating Excellence

Here we challenge the theory that traditional Safety courses give you around accident causation – think Swiss Cheese and Root Cause Analysis. Let’s challenge ourselves to think this through differently because things don’t always happen sequentially, especially where people are involved.

Module 3 – Key Drivers of Behaviour

What is the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, actions and performance? In this module we get to learn about different behavioural change models to better understand human behaviour as a whole.

Module 4 – Behavioural Science Relating to Safety Performance

Here we introduce on 3 key steps – Purpose, Autonomy and Mastery and the positive influence that this has on people and their performance in the workplace.

Module 5 – ABC Analysis

Creating improved behaviours by examining the core principles. This section is all about shifting mindsets.

Module 6 – Goal Setting

Traditional target setting based on lagging indicators do not always work. Here we look at creating goals that initiate change and benefits that are both scalable and sustainable.

Course Assessments

During the course, learners will be asked to complete a reflective journal. Learners will then be asked to submit the reflective journal after their 40-minute multiple-choice test comprising 12 questions at the end of the course.

An automated result will be provided when the multiple-choice questionnaire is completed, and the reflective journal is submitted. The result will then be verified in 24hrs after completion.

To pass, learners must receive a mark of 80% or above.


A digital IOSH certificate is awarded once you successfully pass the course.

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements for the IOSH Approved Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety course.

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