The Caterpillar Safety Perception Survey (SPS) is a powerful safety culture assessment tool with a rich history of research and development, which started in the 1970s with safety pioneer Dr. Dan Petersen.
Every employee in the organization is given a voice in the journey by providing yes/no responses to 73 survey questions. The survey can be administered through a pencil-to-scan form or an online survey method.
Each survey question links to one of the 20 safety culture indicators, such as Safety Training, Management Credibility, Communication and Recognition for Performance. These indicators are proven to influence an organization’s overall safety performance.
Survey results are segmented into three specific groups – employees, supervisors and managers – in order to reveal perception gaps. The areas of greatest perception disparity typically become the first focal points in a continuous improvement strategy.
Data is benchmarked against world-class safety organizations and analyzed by our experienced consultants. A written analysis report is created and recommended next steps are delivered to executive leaders. This process is the catalyst for safety culture improvement.
On-site interviews are available to gather qualitative data on the safety culture at the individual level. Whether used as a tool to complement the safety culture survey or as a standalone process, the interview and follow-up analysis identify focal points for change.
An on-site cultural assessment can also be included with the SPS. This can include interviews (as outlined above), as well as field observations to identify the degree to which safety has been integrated into the overall business.
|Who's it for?||Organizations looking to assess current safety culture and set strategies for improvement.|
|Why do it?||Gives you quantitative data to understand the current state of your safety culture.|
|Format||Assessment surveys (paper or electronic) and optional interviews and on-site cultural assessments, followed by results data, an in-depth report that is presented to your management team that includes recommendations for change.|
"SOMETIMES AS A LEADER YOU WONDER IF YOUR EFFORTS ARE BEING APPLIED TO THE RIGHT AREAS. THE ASSESSMENT RESULTS SHOWS WITHOUT A DOUBT WHAT WE WERE DOING WELL AND WHERE WE NEEDED TO FOCUS ON IMPROVEMENT.
WE FOUND THROUGH THE RESPONSES THAT EMPLOYEES ACROSS OUR LOCATIONS AND IN EVERY JOB LEVEL WERE EAGER TO SEE US RAISE THE BAR IN SAFETY."
CEO, Blaschak Coal Corporation