PREVIEW: Behavioural safety in construction introduction

This preview is for ATOs only. The purpose of this standard is to provide an awareness of tools and techniques used to analyse and influence safety-related behaviours.


Minimum one day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide an awareness of tools and techniques used to analyse and influence safety-related behaviours.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • Behaviours that influence safety performance
  • Safety-related models of behavioural psychology
  • Communication styles and barriers to communication
  • How to analyse behaviour using the ‘ABC analysis’ tool
  • How to influence and reinforce behaviours to improve safety

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience as a fitter
  • a verifiable CV.


The following methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: classroom.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

Learning should include at least 25% of learning activities for candidates. For example: role plays, analysis, review, group exercises and individual presentations.


There is no requirement for training delivered against this standard to be formally assessed. However, for the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Refresher is not required.

Approval date

To be confirmed.

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

List behaviours that influence safety performance





Describe safety-related models of behavioural psychology
Describe communication styles, and barriers to communication
Analyse behaviour using the ‘ABC analysis’ tool
Influence and reinforce behaviours to improve safety

Additional information about this standard

There are many articles, case studies, and PDF guides on the Health & Safety Executive website.

To find these articles or guides, search the HSE website using the term 'behavioural safety'.

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