Tools and resources

Use our range of tools and resources to help build a strong safety culture in your workplace.

Safety leadership and culture model

The model identifies:

  • business practices and leader behaviours required to demonstrate effective safety leadership
  • the importance of safety leadership at every level
  • benefits of actively engaging your workforce in developing a positive safety culture
  • key drivers of safety culture that may impact your safety performance.

Safety Leadership at Work model

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Download a copy of the model (PDF, 1731.66 KB) .

Safety climate and safety culture

Safety climate is the perceptions and beliefs an individual has of their organisation’s safety efforts. These perceptions and beliefs can be influenced by the attitudes, values, opinions and actions of other workers in an organisation, and can change with time and circumstance. Find out more about measuring your organisation’s safety climate and safety culture.

The LEAD Model

Safety leadership is crucial at all levels of an organisation. Safety leadership is a social process of influencing others to adopt health and safety as an important work goal. Through showing certain behaviours in the workplace, team leaders, managers and executives can help build workers’ safety knowledge and motivation, to increases compliance with safety rules and encourage proactive safety behaviours.

Developed through a collaboration between the Office of Industrial Relations and Professor Mark Griffin at the University of Western Australia, the LEAD model integrates many theories of leadership into one package. This package targets frontline leaders (team leaders and supervisors) as they are well-placed to impact work health and safety.

‘LEAD’ is an acronym that summarises the specific skills or competencies that define an effective safety leader:

  • Leverage: giving clarity and being fair
  • Energise: providing meaning and purpose
  • Adapt: learning from mistakes and improving
  • Defend: being vigilant and managing work health and safety risks

LEAD Model

The LEAD model is based on the idea that leaders can ‘frame’ or describe safety goals in different ways depending on the situation, and that this can affect the types of behaviours shown by workers. For example, when hazards are well-known, the situation is predictable, and the focus is on getting work done, leaders should set specific safety goals to strive towards, recognise workers’ progression towards these, and encourage effective communication and coordination among the team.

LEADing for Frontline Safety Self-Paced Workbook(PDF, 3508.5 KB)

Work through this resource to develop an understanding of the LEAD model and safety leadership and to learn new skills and concepts to apply at work. The workbook is aimed at frontline safety leaders and workers in informal leadership roles or seeking promotion.

A face-to-face frontline safety leadership workshop has also been developed and will be run periodically by the Safety Leadership at Work program. Check our events page to see if a workshop is being run in your area.

Safety leadership in small businesses fact sheet

Small business owners have a vital role to play when it comes to leading safety. A positive safety culture can help small business owners avoid costly incidents and injuries, minimise productivity disruptions and reduce overheads.

Safety leadership in small business
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Organisational Systems Benchmarking Tool

Building a strong safety culture requires an effective, systematic approach to managing health and safety.

The Organisational Systems Benchmarking Tool allows you to compare your business with other businesses in a range of areas including safety leadership practices such as management commitment and consultation, to help you understand where improvements can be made.

Safety leadership updates

Join the Safety Leadership at Work Program to receive the latest industry updates and research.

The Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series (VSS) was a free online event held throughout Safe Work Australia Month in October 2014 showcasing the latest thinking, developments and research in work health and safety.

Join the Safety Leadership at Work program to be the first to know when new resources available and to be sent the latest updates.

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Hear from safety leaders sharing their experience building and maintaining a positive safety culture in their workplace.

Case studies

Last updated
25 August 2020