Improving safety culture with personality assessments

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, organisations increasingly recognise the importance of a strong safety culture. Creating a workplace where employees are committed to safety awareness and proactive in identifying and mitigating risks is vital for preventing accidents, reducing liabilities, and promoting a productive environment.

While traditional safety measures and procedures play a crucial role in any business, what is often overlooked is the impact of individuals on safety culture. This is where personality assessments, such as those offered by Hogan Assessments, can prove invaluable. Awair provides workshops to teach you how to administer and interpret the results provided by Hogan Assessments.

What is Safety Culture?

The HSE defines safety culture as "the product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies and patterns of behaviour that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of an organisation's health and safety management."

When we look at the HSE's definition of safety culture, we can begin to understand how personality assessments can play a role in improving the safety culture within your organisation. Employing personality assessments like those provided by Hogan Assessments can help us understand whether an individual is prone to taking risks and whether they can be trained to help reduce liability within your company.

Understanding the Role of Personality in Safety Culture

Safety culture encompasses the values, attitudes, and behaviours shaping an organisation's safety approach. It is influenced by various factors, including leadership, organisational practices, and individual characteristics. Personality traits play a significant role in shaping how employees perceive and respond to safety-related situations.

As a renowned provider of personality assessments, Hogan Assessments offers a range of tools that enable your business to gain insights into individual personalities. By understanding the personality traits of your employees, you can identify potential risk factors, tailor safety training programs, and foster a safety-conscious environment.

Identifying Risk-Prone Personalities

Certain personality traits are associated with an increased likelihood of engaging in risky behaviours or being more accident-prone. For instance, some individuals can display more impulsive behaviours and may exhibit tendencies that compromise safety protocols. Utilising personality assessments can identify employees who may require additional training, supervision, or support to mitigate these risks. Identifying risk-prone personalities allows employers to take proactive measures to enhance safety and reduce the likelihood of accidents.

Tailoring Safety Training and Communication

Administering personality assessments is not about penalising individuals who may pose safety risks. Instead, understanding personality traits means we can appreciate how to make people more receptive to training and development to improve the safety culture within your organisation.

Personality assessments can provide valuable insights into how employees prefer to receive information, learn new skills, and respond to safety initiatives. For example, some individuals may be more susceptible to distractions, and others may be more focused on detailed training. Some individuals may benefit from interactive and group-based activities, while others may like private textbook learning. By tailoring safety training and communication strategies to align with individual personality traits, you can enhance engagement, retention, and application of safety practices.

Strengthening Leadership and Safety Culture

Leadership plays a pivotal role in shaping an organisation's safety culture. Hogan Assessments offer personality assessments designed for leadership development, enabling you to identify individuals with traits conducive to effective safety leadership. For example, leaders who demonstrate empathy, emotional stability, and a proactive mindset are more likely to promote safety as a core value and inspire others to adopt safe behaviours.

By assessing leadership potential and providing targeted developmental opportunities, you can identify individuals with potential for great safety leadership.

Enhancing Team Dynamics and Collaboration

Personality assessments offer insights into individual traits and provide a comprehensive understanding of team dynamics. Teamwork and collaboration are essential for a strong safety culture, enabling effective communication, problem-solving, and collective responsibility.

Hogan Assessments can identify potential challenges or conflicts within teams and help you to develop strategies to address them. Personality insights can lead to creating diverse teams that complement each other's strengths and mitigate weaknesses which brings about a greater understanding of the safety culture in your business.


Benefits of Implementing Personality Assessments for Safety Culture

  1. Risk reduction: Identifying and addressing risk-prone personalities can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries.

  2. Customised training: Allows you to tailor your safety training based on individual personality traits and enhances engagement, retention, and application of safety practices.

  3. Leadership development: Identifying individuals with leadership potential and providing targeted development opportunities strengthens safety leadership and promotes a culture of safety.

  4. Team development: Understanding team dynamics helps build collaborative teams, leading to better safety results in your business.

  5. Employee engagement: Considering individual preferences and strengths can highlight your commitment to employee well-being, resulting in higher engagement and morale.


As organisations strive to improve safety culture, it is crucial to recognise the influence of individual personalities on safety-related behaviours. Hogan Assessments provide valuable insights into personality traits, enabling your business to make informed decisions and implement targeted strategies to improve safety attitudes and enhance safety culture.

Awair are authorised providers of training and implementation of Hogan Assessment in the UK. Our workshops can help you to understand how personality assessments can improve the safety culture within your organisation by helping to make informed hiring decisions and improving training opportunities within the business.