Using the SAFE Framework to Facilitate a Safety Culture

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Based on the People-Environment-Occupation-Performance (PEOP) Model and evidence-based human factors principles, the SAFE framework offers a structured approach to clinically reason a safe practice routine for students and practitioners. This course presents the background of the program and the critical reasoning framework itself. It describes how teaching methodology based in adult learning theory was used to positively change safety behaviors and facilitate culture change. Results from the program outcomes study are reviewed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Use the SAFE framework as a resource for teaching students and practitioners to clinically reason safe practice behaviors and routines in diverse work settings.
  2. Integrate the Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance (PEOP) Model, human factors principles, and adult learning theory to create a culture of safe practice.
  3. Examine how preliminary outcome data from the SAFE initiative was used to improve a culture of safe practice.


One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


Emily Pugh, MA, OTR/L, LHRM


George Hack, PhD