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Measuring Safety Risk in the Hiring Process: Research and Best Practices

September 14, 2016

workplace-safety.jpgIf you are a safety professional, you probably realize the significant time, money, and resources that organizations invest in creating an injury-free workplace. We work with companies of all sizes, and nearly everyone tells us “Safety is our number one priority.” Yet when I ask them whether their company’s current hiring process specifically screens job candidates for safety risk, I often hear “no” or get blank stares.

So why do organizations invest so much effort into creating a safe workplace and then turn around and hire a job applicant who is a high safety risk, is unlikely to follow safety policies, and is likely to be injured (or injure a co-worker) soon after being hired? Why would an organization develop its leaders to create a strong safety culture, only to hire or promote a supervisor who will probably undermine safety and put his/her team at risk of injury just to meet productivity goals? It doesn’t make sense, yet many organizations do just that.

We now know that SafetyDNA traits vary greatly across the population and that these traits can be reliably measured in the hiring process. This allows organizations to identify and hire safer employees in a valid and legally defensible manner, which then impacts the bottom line by improving safety performance and reducing workers compensation claims.

Brian Dishman, a Senior Consultant at Select International, and I have years of experience helping global organizations to implement validated selection systems that consistently identify safe, productive employees. On Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 we hosted a webinar to discuss the specific SafetyDNA characteristics of a safe employee and how these can be consistently identified during the hiring process. We shared the increasing body of research in this area, the significant results that organizations are seeing as well as best practices for implementing this type of system.

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key individual traits and characteristics that make up a candidate’s “SafetyDNA

  • Understand the research findings linking SafetyDNA to safety outcomes such as injuries, workers' compensation claims and safety behaviors

  • Discover validated psychometric methods that are used to predict safe behavior and candidate risk

  • Know how this technology can be used as a valid and legally defensible part of an organization’s hiring process at all levels

  • Learn best practices on how assessments can be leveraged to improve various safety outcomes in your organization

If you want to hire safer employees, you should join us! Register for the webinar by clicking the button below (it’s completely free to join!).

Editor's note - This webinar has already taken place, but you can watch a recording of it by clicking the button below:

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Esteban Tristan, Ph.D. Esteban Tristan, Ph.D. is the Director of Safety Solutions at PSI. He manages the development and implementation of all safety solutions and services, which address some of the critical challenges faced by organizations today in workplace safety.