Using the SAFE Framework to Facilitate a Safety Culture

The University of Florida is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 5208. This distance learning is offered at .1 CEUs, intermediate educational level, category 2 – Occupational Therapy Process – Occupational performance, category 3 – Professional Issues – Supervision – Competence. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Emily S Pugh, OTD, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

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.

Target Audience

Occupational therapy and other health care professional practitioners, educators, supervisors, managers.

Educational Level

Intermediate: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of rehabilitation and service delivery. Focus is on a basic understanding and application of the subject matter.

Learning Objectives

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

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

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Outcomes: Occupational performance
  • Category 3: Professional Issues – Supervision: Competence

Completion Requirements

0.1 AOTA CEUs (1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners) will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides. To complete course and earn credits, learner must pass a 10-question multiple choice post-test with a score of 70% or higher.


George Hack

George Hack PhD, MEd

Associate Dean For Educational Affairs