Foundation of Safety Leadership (FLS)

Each year, more than 100,000 construction workers, foremen, and other supervisory personnel take the OSHA30-hour outreach training course to learn how to identify and control occupational hazards. The new 2.5-hour Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) module fills a long-standing need to provide leadership skills training.

OSHA’s Outreach Training Program and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) have developed a new OSHA 30-Hour Construction training elective module: Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) to respond to a “training gap identified by contractors, unions and other industry stakeholders” when it comes to practicing safety leadership to improve workers' health and safety, jobsite safety and reduce incidents. The key purpose of safety leadership is to improve safety climate and overall safety culture in an organization. Workers involved on a jobsite can implement company’s safety policies, procedures and practices more effectively once they understand and practice the five (5) critical leadership skills.

The FSL became an official elective in the OSHA 30-hour outreach course beginning January 1, 2017.

The cost of poor safety leadership is tremendous. It can result in injuries and illnesses or even fatalities, decreased productivity and efficiency, as well as induce direct and indirect costs. This new 2.5-hour FSL module educates construction workers about their safety responsibilities, why safety leadership is important, and explains five critical leadership skills and provides specific actions they can take to be an effective safety leader:

Leads by example by establishing safety expectations as a core value, sharing safety vision with others, and “walking the talk”.

Engages and empowers team members to report hazard, safety concerns and near-misses, provide solutions and stop work if necessary.

Actively listens and practices 3-way communication by hearing what team members are saying and having the person repeat the message they heard to make sure it’s correctly, thoroughly understood and remembered.

Develops team members through teaching, coaching and feedback to make sure it’s done in accordance with FIST principle: Facts, Impact, Suggestions, Timely.

Recognizes team members for a job well-done by privately or publicly acknowledging them for going above and beyond when it comes to their well demonstrated safety efforts, practices, performance and behavior.