Measuring the Effectiveness of Safety Training

Chart of the outcomes of safety training


A model and a survey for evaluating the outcomes of safety training, i.e. the employees’ perceptions after a safety training.

The model was designed based on the literature addressing
safety knowledge, safety attitudes and beliefs, safety behavior and safety performance with regard to safety training effectiveness.

The survey consists of 48 questions; a Likert-scaled evaluation includes 43 questions, in addition to 5 open-ended questions.

How to apply:

Utilize the survey in evaluating safety training interventions and their (cost-)effectiveness.

To do this:

  1. Organize a company-specific safety training aiming at behavioral and cultural changes in the organization.
  2. Carry out the survey to measure the employees’ perceptions after the safety training.
  3. Carry out a second survey round to study the permanence of the effects.


Safety training has been identified as one of the most important safety management practices and appropriate safety training could improve organizations’ safety culture.

However, the results of safety training are difficult to demonstrate. Research was needed to better determine the results of safety training as well as demonstration and testing tools to evaluate the results of safety training.

This model was designed as a part of SafePotential project, and tested in a large company providing support services for facilities management.

More on Tappura, S., Jääskeläinen, A. (2020). Measuring the Outcomes of Safety Training. In: Karwowski, W.  et al. (eds), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED2020): Future Trends and Applications. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1269.  Springer, pp. 265-270.

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