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

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If 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.


How One Company Saved Over $2 Million in Workplace Injuries

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

So let’s say you are a Safety or HSE Manager, and your company is trying to improve safety and reduce current injury rates. What do you do? What comes to mind first? Maybe you implement state-of-the art safety training and make sure everyone goes through it. Or perhaps, you inspect every single piece of equipment in your facility and make sure that you could pass an OSHA inspection with flying colors tomorrow. Maybe you do both. The truth is there are many things you could do to make sure all your employees go home safely to their families every day. But chances are, you probably didn’t think about looking at your hiring process.


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