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Measuring Safety in the Hiring Process: Questions and Answers

September 28, 2016

questions-1.jpgLast week, we held a great safety webinar about how you can measure safety risk in your hiring process. Our Safety Practice Manager, Dr. Tristan and Brian Dishman, a senior consultant, discussed how to determine whether a potential hire would be safe on the job or not. Wouldn’t you want to know if someone has the potential to be a safety risk, before hiring that person?

The webinar ended with a great Q&A session, but we ran out of time before we could answer all of the questions! We decided to answer the remaining questions in this week’s blog post.

By the way, if you haven’t watched the webinar yet, you should! Click here to access a recording of it and learn how to measure safety risk in your hiring process.

Read on for the questions and answers…

Q: Is there a good way to measure safety during interviews?

A: Yes, safety can be measured just like any other competency in the interview process. Structured, past behavior questions focused on safety can give employers an idea of what safety incidents or near-misses candidates have been involved with in the past.

Asking questions around the personal safety standards candidates have implemented for themselves can be a good gauge on how they will implement safety standards in your organization. Many great questions also focus on how the candidate handled past situations where they encountered hazards or unsafe situations.

As in any past behavior interview, by asking questions that measure safety behaviors in the past, you can glean excellent information into what their future safety standards may be at your organization. Remember – past behavior is a great predictor of future behavior, and safety is no different.

Q: Can you use these types of safety tests on current employees to improve safety?

A: Yes, Select International’s safety assessments are often given to current employees to make them aware of the personal safety profiles. The assessment results, coupled with on-site interactive workshops help participants understand their personal safety disposition through group exercises, simulations, and video illustrations.

Personal safety plans are also established through one-on-one coaching with a certified coach. When looking at leadership positions, the assessment results can help safety leaders to understand how their own safety and leadership style affects the risk of their team and create a profound impact on the organization’s safety culture. Ongoing safety development programs are available to help leaders with in-depth learning and hands-on skills development that helps drive true, sustainable behavioral change.

Q: Are these tests industry-specific or can they be applied to any industry?

A: These assessments can be used across a variety of positions and industries because they measure broad psychological factors that are not technical and are not industry or job specific. In other words, they measure factors that predict at-risk behavior or safety leadership in ANY situation.

Anyone in the workplace can be exposed to safety risks and therefore benefit from learning about their personal safety blind spots. Safety incidents can occur in any environment and the assessments help participants learn about their personal SafetyDNA and better be able to manage themselves in the workplace.

Q: Are safety psychometric assessments valid between safety critical roles and non-safety critical roles?

A: Select International's safety assessments are valid for any position where there could be some potential safety risk. If there is some safety risk, participants can benefit from the result of the assessment and better understanding their personal safety blind spots.

If the assessment is being used in a pre-hire situation, we strongly recommend that there is simply evidence documenting that safety is job relevant and required for success on the job. In most cases, that is very easy to do, but it’s important to show that the job requires a basic level of safe behavior if you will be measuring that as part of the hiring process. For training and development, however, these assessments can help anyone be safer on and off the job, regardless of how many hazards they encounter in their job.

Q: How much time does a pre-screen safety assessment typically take?

SecureFit, Select International’s pre-screen assessment, takes about 15 minutes for participants to complete. The assessment is web based and can be taken from any computer or mobile device with internet access.

Still have more questions? Contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with an answer. Or, if you haven’t seen the webinar yet, click the button below to watch a recording of it:

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Megan Why Megan Why is a Consultant located in the Pittsburgh office of PSI. Her areas of expertise include: workplace safety, interview training, and pre-employment selection assessments.