Measure Your Workplace Culture with Employee Safety Perception Surveys
Companies that have a proactive approach towards safety are continually looking for new ways to engage their employees and to keep their safety programs and culture fresh. These companies are not satisfied with the status quo and remain at the forefront when it comes to implementing innovative safety programs.
One tool that provides immediate feedback to companies looking to determine the strength of their current safety program is an employee safety perception survey. When administered properly, these surveys provide companies a snapshot of their safety culture by collecting confidential feedback directly from employees at all levels of an organization. By delivering leading indicators on the quality and effectiveness of their current safety program, companies are able to identify areas of improvement to address.
As perception is often reality, there is little time to waste in improving your company’s safety culture. Identifying and understanding cultural components remains imperative to maintaining a comprehensive safety program. Companies willing to make an effort to understand their work environment do not need cutting edge equipment to determine their employees’ perceptions; just an open mind and on some occasions thick skin, accompanied with the willingness to enhance safety awareness.
The benefits associated with using employee safety perception surveys are unlimited. When employees are allowed to participate in their company’s decision making process, they begin to take ownership of their contributions. Their personal commitment to safety strengthens the success of the company’s program as employees feel their voice is heard in the direction their company takes in improving workplace safety.
Figure1. DuPont Bradley Curve[/caption]
The results of the DuPont Bradley Curve in Figure 1, displays how Relative Culture Strength improves as a company moves from “Reactive,” focusing on compliance instead of a holistic safety culture, to “Interdependent,”helping others comply with safety measures while garnering a strong sense of organizational pride in their safety endeavors.
In an effort to support companies interested in using employee safety perception surveys, ISN, with the input of our customers and NIOSH, has developed a sample of survey questions that can be found within ISNetworld. Here, companies are able to download and distribute this survey to their employees.
After logging into your ISNetworld account, follow the steps below:
- Click Messages
- Click Bulletin Board
- Select ISNetworld from the drop down menu titled “Select Owner Client or ISNetworld”
- Select Employee Safety Perception Survey
Employee safety perception surveys benefit all parties involved, helping companies better understand their safety culture and identify areas of improvement. Perception is reality, so why not make your workplace the best it can be?
For additional assistance, please contact the ISN Customer Service Team
 The Safety Perception Survey was first published in 1999 by Dr. James M. Stewart, safety management consultant and a former executive at DuPont, Canada. DuPont acquired the Survey in 2000, modified it, incorporated it into the company’s consulting methodology and turned it into a powerful tool that can be used for benchmarking and action planning.