Employee Safety Traditional employee safety programs focus on a common thread - Safety Knowledge. The strategy is simple: "If they knew better, they'd do better!" There are safety courses for any subject, and once delivered, companies assume now employees know better. Is simply "knowing" enough to change all your employees' safety behavior? While KNOWING is important, what individuals ultimately DO with that knowledge varies greatly. Why? Our Safety DNA.
What is Safety DNA?
Safety DNA refers to those innate personal traits that are directly related to our personal safety. A few examples include:
There is significant research showing individuals who are naturally high in these areas have much lower incident rates. This comes as no surprise to anyone who's raised children and seen how much variance there is when it comes to how each child perceives risk. As they grow up, those innate qualities remain fairly stable. We explain these differences by saying one is "risk averse" or another is "accident prone." In actuality, this is a simplistic way of describing Safety DNA.
Why is Safety DNA important?
Safety DNA unlocks the mystery as to why certain groups of individuals are more likely to be involved in safety incidents - as well as the level of severity of the incidents. This is a breakthrough for all organizations striving to improve their personal safety. For the first time, it allows them to consider their employees' unique Safety DNA and to provide individual, targeted safety plans. We can now approach personal safety on a personal level.
Workplace safety begins with the individual employee, and there are specific factors that consistently impact personal safety outcomes. By identifying and measuring these factors, organizations are able to decrease at-risk behaviors, safety incidents and work-related injuries.
Traditionally, personal safety has been evaluated using lagging indicators such as recordable injury rates, workers' compensation claims, or in the case of the insurance industry, moving violations and accidents. Though these are useful, they register only after the incidents occur, not before. They tell you where you have been, but not necessarily where you are going. And they focus mostly on previous injuries, as opposed to focusing on present and future exposure to injury.
Organizations seeking to take their safety performance to the next level need to know which employees are "at risk" of injuring themselves before an incident occurs, and specifically, what can be done to prevent the incident from occurring in the first place. In other words, they need to take a proactive approach to personal safety by starting with individuals and how their unique Safety DNA may increase their exposure.
Enter the SafetyMirror Program - Select International's proactive suite of personal safety tools. The suite is built around the SafetyMirror test, a proven 30-minute evaluation aimed at assessing an individual's likelihood of being involved in a safety incident. The research model is based on Select International’s 4-factor model of safety, which is demonstrated to not only predict the likelihood of being involved in a safety incident, but also whether it will be a minor incident (first aid/bandage) or a serious incident.
How accurately does it predict? The research studies showed that individuals scoring in the "At Risk" category were 35 times more likely to suffer a lost-time recordable injury than those scoring in the "Safe" category.
Hiring Safer Employees and Leaders
Most comprehensive safety management systems state that there should be an effective pre-employment screening tool in place to measure a job candidate's safety orientation (the likelihood they may injure themselves or others on the job). Unfortunately, there have been few assessment tools available that can accurately and reliably provide this critical data point. Additionally, HR sets up and manages the hiring process - not HSE. So measuring safety orientation is typically not a priority.
Select International tests millions of applicants each year, with many of these asessments measuring safety orientation. Our clients use this specific competency as part of their overall criteria for new hires. It's simple, and it's the responsible thing to do. Recently, the safety component of our assessments has taken on even more importance as organizations demand more rigorous screening of candidates' safety orientation.
As a result, we now offer a full suite of validated assessments that are specifically designed to hire safer employees, regardless of industry or level within the organization: