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Off-the-Job Safety Culture Survey

This 57-item survey is designed to measure employees’ beliefs, attitudes, and practices regarding off-the-job safety. Organizations are increasingly concerned with employee fatalities and injuries occurring away from work. In many cases, employees fail to “take home” optimal safe work practices which may lead to off-the-job injuries and fatalities. Specific survey categories include: Safety Values and Awareness, Hazard Recognition and Response, Off-the-Job Safety Emphasis, Specific Safety Transportation Behaviors, and Safety Communication. A brief explanation of each scale is provided below.

Participants complete the survey on-line or via paper opscan surveys. Survey responses are then calculated and compared against the benchmark of 70% favorable and a norms base of 10,000 respondents. Upon completion of the survey, a comprehensive survey report is developed which details survey results and provides recommendations.   If desired, this report may be delivered onsite to key personnel.  

Safety Values and Awareness

The 14 items in this scale assess perceptions about off-the-job safety in terms of motivation, values, and awareness. One of the challenges with off-the-job (and on-the-job) safety is getting employees to understand the importance of safety to themselves, their coworkers, and their families. Unfortunately, safety is often perceived as a hassle, compliance game, or necessary evil. It often takes a serious injury or fatality to “wake people up” to the importance of operating safely. To this end, this section assesses people’s values with regard to off-the-job safety and their underlying motivation for operating safely.

Hazard Recognition and Response

The 8 items comprising this scale assess off-the-job hazard recognition, preparedness, and follow through. This includes the proper recognition of, and response to, safety hazards. Proper hazard recognition involves an understanding of the frequency, probability, and severity of injuries that correspond with at-risk behaviors. Unfortunately, people’s perceptions of risk are often inaccurate. For instance, people are often more scared of flying on an airplane than they are of the drive to the airport (which, in reality, is much more dangerous). This occurs because people focus in on the severity (extremely high) of a plane crash without considering the probability or frequency of such a crash (extremely low). The frequency/probability of a car crash is extraordinarily high as compared to a plane crash. This type of misperception impacts safety behaviors off the job (e.g., not realizing the risk of standing on a chair to change a light bulb).

Also, people will often take more risks when they believe systems are in place to protect them (i.e., risk compensation). For instance, people may drive at a higher rate of speed if they’re using their safety belts. Further, people become habituated to their environment and may no longer sense the risks of their daily activities (“I’ve been doing it this way for 20 years and never got hurt.”). Injury statistics suggest that people often get injured doing their normal, daily activities (vs. novel, highly dangerous tasks).

Off-the-Job Safety Emphasis

This 10-item section addresses specific off-the-job hazards that may lead to fatalities and serious injuries. These questions address whether or not the company needs to more strongly emphasize these off-the-job safety topics (e.g., one-on-one discussions, training, safety meetings). Specific topics include:

  1. Home Electrical Safety
  2. Fire Safety/Home Emergencies
  3. Distracted Driving
  4. Hazardous Chemicals/Poison Awareness  
  5. Teen Drivers  
  6. The Company Identifies/Provides Information for Off-the-Job Hazards  
  7. Recreational Safety/Sports Safety
  8. Motorcycle/Scooter Safety  
  9. Slip/Trip/Fall Hazards  
  10.   Older Drivers    

Specific Safety Transportation Behaviors

This scale includes 19 items assessing driving and other practices related to transportation safety. Traffic accidents result in more than one million deaths annually worldwide. In fact, the leading cause of death in the United States is traffic fatalities. Approximately 40,000 people (with monetary costs of approximately $600 billion) are killed each year from traffic accidents in the US alone . More than half of these fatalities are due, in part, to drivers failing to use safety belts. Also, mile for mile, teenagers are three times more likely than all other age groups to be involved in fatal automobile crashes. Other factors that increase the likelihood of transportation fatalities include aggressive driving, driving while impaired, and not wearing safety helmets with motorcycles/scooters (from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

This section addresses key safety behaviors (e.g., wearing a safety belt, using a helmet on a motorcycle) participants should follow to prevent off-the-job injuries and fatalities.

Safety Communication

The 6 items in this scale assess employee safety communication off the job. One of the most effective ways to reduce injuries is to optimize safety communication. When people get injured, there’s normally an at-risk behavior which preceded the incident. However, people often fail to “speak up” when they observe risky behaviors. This can be especially true with family members because people are afraid they might hurt their family member’s feelings or cause an argument/conflict. In short, healthy off-the-job safety communication is key to minimizing home injuries and fatalities. This section addresses people’s motivation and ability to provide and receive important safety feedback off the job.

Related Links

This survey can provide excellent insight into your current safety culture off the job. Here are other services related to your Safety Culture on the job:

  1. Culture Transformation
  2. Safety Culture Assessment
  3. Safety Leadership Skills for Supervisors
  1. Safety Leadership Skills for Senior Leaders
  2. Behavioral Safety (BBS)/PBS Process
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