Workplace Safety Profile (WSP)

Updated 6 months ago by Amy Tranter

The Workplace Safety Profile (WSP) is a risk assessment that is used to help predict whether an individual will follow safety rules, support safe work practices and avoid accidents and injuries at work. It is used for positions that are safety critical, and especially for front-line roles where following safety procedures is essential to ensure a safe workplace.

Two versions of the Work Safety Profile are available in your account: Work Safety Profile (WSP) and Work Safety Profile - Long (WSPL).

Format and Measures

The WSP consists of 46 self-report items and typically takes about 7-10 minutes to complete. It measures three risk factors:

  • Safety Control: The extent to which an individual is likely to take personal responsibility for safety outcomes. Individuals with a high level of safety control believe they can influence whether an accident or injury occurs by the actions they take. These employees are more likely to adopt a proactive approach to safety and follow safety rules and procedures.
  • Risk Aversion: The extent to which an individual is likely to avoid risky behavior at work. Individuals with a high level of risk aversion are more cautious and careful in their approach to work. They are less likely to find risky activities exciting or thrilling, and are therefore less likely to take risks that lead to accidents and injuries.
  • Stress Management: The extent to which an individual is likely to cope with stress on the job. People with a high level of stress management will cope better with stress and are less likely to be fatigued or distracted at work due to stress.

The WSPL consists of 77 items and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. It measures Safety Control, Risk Aversion, Stress Management, and two additional risk factors:

  • Drug Aversion: The extent to which an individual is likely to be accepting towards legal and illegal drugs. Individuals with a high level of drug aversion are less likely to have used drugs in the past, and are more likely to condemn the use of drugs.
  • Attitudes Towards Violence: The extent to which an individual is likely to react in a violent manner if threatened or provoked at work. Individuals with higher scores tend to be better at controlling the way they respond, and are less likely to act in a violent manner.

The WSP is used to help predict the likelihood of a person being involved in accidents and injuries at work. The WSP is used widely as a selection instrument for positions such as construction workers, mining, oil and gas workers, warehouse workers and drivers, and any roles where safety is a key concern.

An internal "faking" scale measures the extent to which a candidate is exaggerating strengths or minimising weaknesses and if the candidate is doing so to such an extent that their score is unreliable then a warning is provided.

Workplace Safety Profile training

Watch our consulting psych led Workplace Safety Profile training video to learn everything from what Workplace Safety Profile predicts and measures to understanding your report to what the candidate experiences when completing the assessment.

Sample Workplace Safety Profile Questions:

Standardisation Sample

Norms for the WSP were developed using a sample of 2,117 people or 9,011 people (Long Form) from a global general population with over 50 different organisations represented from a wide variety of industries.


About the WSP

WSP Sample Score Report

WSP Sample Score Report (with score range)

Guide for interpreting score report

Case study: Mining & Construction Company stops ‘high risk’ people from working on site

Case study: Heavy Machinery Supplier reduces safety incidents and saves money with the WSP

Case study: Transport & Logistics Company finds ‘high risk’ employees responsible for significantly more safety accidents

Case study: Emergency Services Provider reduces sick days and compensation claims

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