The Psychology of Safety


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.

The SafetyMirror® test is an evaluation aimed at assessing an individual's likelihood of being involved in a safety incident. The research model is based on a 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.

This test is the first step in a complete program designed for safety leaders (supervisors and managers that drive safety) as well as the primary workforce.

For more information:
Terry Weston, 507-389-7425
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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:51