A new tool to help organisations establish the safety training needs of their staff has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Fitting into an organisation’s overarching health and safety management system, the RoSPA Employee Safety Profiler can assist managers to identify and prioritise development and training needs among existing and prospective employees.
The psychometric assessment, launched at the RoSPA Scotland Occupational Safety and Health at Work Congress in Glasgow, can aid managers by indicating an individual’s aptitude for jobs in which safety procedures have to be followed rigorously as well as his or her attitude to working with others and under supervision.
In the current economic climate, there is a danger that some firms could see good health and safety management as an "optional extra". However, managing health and safety, including training staff, is a legal requirement, as well as being good for business. RoSPA hopes its Employee Safety Profiler will assist human resources and health and safety managers as they conduct safety training and development needs analyses, both prior to and during employment.
Developed by SHL in conjunction with RoSPA, the Employee Safety Profiler is based on SHL’s Dependability and Safety Instrument. The assessments consist of 18 questions and are conducted online.
John Lester, RoSPA’s workplace safety general manager, said: "A good job-person fit is important no matter what line of business you are in, and this is clearly true for safety-critical roles in which procedures must be followed rigorously. It would be far too simplistic to say that any one factor causes accidents or ill health, but part of effective health and safety management is ensuring staff, and this includes managers, have the right knowledge, skills and attitudes for the job.
"We hope our Employee Safety Profiler will help organisations prevent accidents and avoid the sizeable related costs, both human and financial, by proactively focusing attention on where interventions, which could include training, the provision of information or supervision, might be appropriate.
"The RoSPA Employee Safety Profiler is not designed to be used in isolation or to divert attention from other elements of a good risk management system, but rather to be used in concert with other recruitment and employee development tools, and we hope it will help organisations move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to safety training and development."