Culture of Safety
Leads to certification
Lab Safety / Lab Safety Management Certificate

Culture of Safety

Welcome to the Culture of Safety stream, a comprehensive online training program designed to foster a true, positive culture of safety within laboratory environments. Developed by Lab Manager Academy, this stream comprises four courses, each delving into key factors that influence a robust Culture of Safety.

What is this stream credential about?

  • Safety Culture Leadership: Learn how to foster a positive safety culture, starting from the top. Understand the impact of safety leadership, team building, and the advantages of a culture-driven approach.
  • Managing for Safety and Risk Effectiveness: Explore the importance of psychological safety, learning organizations, and effective safety management. Discover the benefits of true learning organizations and safety management systems.
  • Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): Gain insights into choosing, measuring, and tracking safety metrics and KPIs. Understand the significance of leading and lagging indicators and the greater benefits of leading indicators.
  • Materials and Substances Tracking: Explore life cycle assessing, purchasing practices, and waste recycling to reduce consumption, waste, and carbon footprint. Learn the importance of tracking materials and substances in labs.

Who is this stream credential for?

The Culture of Safety stream is ideal for laboratory professionals, managers, and leaders who are dedicated to enhancing safety practices within their organizations. Whether you're a seasoned lab manager or a new entrant, these courses provide valuable insights applicable to all levels.

What are the benefits of this program?

By completing the Culture of Safety stream, participants gain:

  • A profound understanding of safety culture and its impact on organizational success
  • Insights into managing safety and risk effectively, promoting psychological safety, and implementing safety metrics
  • Enhanced leadership skills for fostering a positive safety culture within their laboratory
  • Proficiency in selecting and utilizing safety metrics and KPIs
  • Knowledge to track materials and substances throughout their life cycle, contributing to sustainability efforts

What do I get out of completing this program?

Upon completion, participants receive a Lab Manager Academy stream credential, showcasing their dedication to fostering a positive Culture of Safety in laboratory environments. Additionally, the acquired knowledge and skills empower individuals to create safer, more efficient workspaces.

How long do the courses take to complete?

Each course in the Culture of Safety stream is designed to be completed in approximately 60 minutes. The entire stream credential, encompassing all four courses, should take approximately four hours to complete.

What is the format of the courses?

All courses are entirely online, providing you with the flexibility to learn at your own pace, anywhere, anytime. Lab Manager Academy is committed to delivering a seamless and accessible learning experience, ensuring that you can effortlessly integrate this program into your busy schedule.

Who is the Instructor?

Meet Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CIT, Lab Manager's senior safety editor and the leader of the Lab Safety Management Certificate. Jon possesses 35 years of professional experience in environmental, health, safety, and risk (EHSR). Jon was safety director for two colleges of engineering with hundreds of labs doing a wide variety of research. He consulted for many years with private industry, government, non-profits, and higher ed. He also taught EHSR at two colleges and was a management faculty member in an MBA and HR master's program. Jon's master's is in adult education and learning, and he is a PhD candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University.

What is Lab Manager Academy?

Lab Manager Academy provides a wide array of courses for lab managers and safety managers, offering essential knowledge and training on a variety of topics. In our online curriculum, you can choose individual courses, opt for stream-level credentials, or pursue a full certificate program to enhance your leadership and safety management skills. Whether you're already a lab manager, safety officer, or technician—or you're aspiring to be one—our certificate programs will empower you to manage safer, more secure, and highly productive laboratory environments. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Lab Manager Academy ensures that its learning events comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard, guaranteeing a standard of excellence.

Secure your spot in the Culture of Safety stream and take the first step towards transforming your lab's safety culture today!

Curriculum content

  • Safety culture can be thought of simply as how we do safety around here. Clearly, there is more to it such as group norms and behaviors. Culture has many advantages over compliance-driven approaches. Safety culture starts at the top by leaders setting examples, being present, and caring for everyone’s wellbeing. A well led team will follow. Learning Outcomes: Describe what culture, safety culture, and a culture of safety mean, Explain how safety leadership affects safety culture, Compare and contrast compliance vs. culture-driven approaches, List at least four benefits of safety culture, Defend the efforts needed to impact safety culture.
    • Lesson Safety Culture

  • An effective leader instills and facilitates psychological safety which enables everyone to be effectively heard. A complementary technique is safety management by walking around. In addition to leaders, teams benefit from safety management systems (prescribed methods) and standards (set by non-governmental entities). True learning organizations that learn from their mistakes benefit greatly from these strategies. Learning Outcomes: Explain the need and benefits of psychological safety, Describe how a true learning organization functions, Compare and contrast a safety management standard vs. a safety management system, Defend the greater benefits of effectiveness over efficiency as it relates to safety and risk.
  • To borrow and bend a quote, what we choose to measure, matters. We can measure lagging indicators, like injuries, leading indicators, like risk assessments, or both. It is challenging to decide what objectives and key results, and key performance indicators to collect, measure, track, report, emphasize, and manage toward. This course will help you decide which ones, why, and how best to do so. Learning Outcomes: List at least 10 safety or risk metrics, Describe how objectives and key results relate to safety KPIs, List at least four KPIs for safety or risk, List at least five examples of both lagging and leading indicators, Compare and contrast lagging vs. leading indicators, Defend the greater benefits of leading indicators.
  • Materials move in and out of labs on a daily basis. These include chemicals, biologicals, and many other substances, equipment, and supplies. The scientific process changes many of these things along the way. This is often what is described in greater detail as the life cycle. As part of sustainability efforts, we often track what goes in and what comes out in an effort to reduce consumption, waste, and carbon footprint. Learning Outcomes: Describe the life cycle approach and its benefit to safety and risk, Explain how purchasing practices can improve and remove safety and risk, Defend the benefits of recycling efforts even when the market for them is problematic, List at least five negative outcomes from lab wastes.