Questions & Answers

SAQ Compact
How is the score for SAQ Compact calculated?

SAQ Compact translates the completed questions into a score in the maturity model of the Safety Culture Ladder: the results are presented per theme and per step. The percentages show which answers (statements) the employee recognizes the most and therefore indicate the "most selected answer". For a question where multiple answers are possible, the answer that matches the highest step is counted. The gray colored boxes in the results indicate per theme which step is most recognisable. The answers that do not apply are not counted.

Interpretation of the score:
The percentages show the most selected answer and corresponding step. The questions are formulated in such a way that only 1 statement can be recognized. If, for example, employees are most comfortable with the description associated with step 4 with regard to the theme 'Workplace safety', then that is the step indication. Scores are not cumulative here, so you don't have to get 100% on step 2 and step 3 before you can get to step 4. This is only the most recognized statement. Remember, it's not just about the step. The results are mainly intended to discover how safe and healthy the organization is and which themes can still be worked on within the organization to improve safety. For example, the results of SAQ Compact can be used to draw up a GAP analysis. The results can also be used as a topic for discussion. If desired, a concluding group interpretation can also be made. By using the SAQ Compact periodically you can keep track of the progress and which actions have been taken.

How many questions does SAQ Compact have?

In the SAQ Compact, the questions are split by type of employee. There are 12 questions for operational employees. There are 28 questions for management/direction.

What questions does SAQ Compact consist of?

SAQ Compact consists of 18 themes that correspond to the business characteristics of the SCL. Descriptions have been formulated for each theme that match the steps of the SCL. Respondents indicate in which description they most recognize themselves or the company. For certain themes, a matching question can be asked for both operational personnel and management/directors. However, some themes can only be approached by one of the target groups. For example, the 'Statistics' section is not requested from operational personnel, because they cannot know the answer.

When choosing 'Not applicable', the respondent must explain the reason in an input field.

What does H&S mean in SAQ Compact?

SAQ Compact uses the abbreviation H&S. In the construction industry, for example, H&S stands for health and safety on the construction site in the framework of the Working Conditions Decree. When completing this questionnaire, this term should be interpreted more broadly. It doesn't only concern the safety and health of the employees of operating companies, but also of (future) users and third parties.

What are the changes between SAQ compact version 1 and 2?
  • Splitting questions by type of employee (target respondent)  : 

    • a set of questions for the operational employee. This only contains questions about things that they might notice, experience in the workplace. 

    • a set of questions for management/board. This only contains questions about things they need to know about the workplace, about internal management procedures and cooperation with the industry. 

  • Shorter and more concrete answer options. Previously, several requirements/criteria were summarized in 1 statement (answer option). That made it harder to answer. Various requirements/criteria have now been placed in separate questions. 

  • An extra answer option: “no”, so a fictitious step 1 answer. 

  • 2 question types: both “multiple answers possible” and “one answer possible”. In some cases the respondent can recognize multiple aspects. To make it easier for the respondent, multiple answers can be ticked. 

  • Clearer results: the most frequently chosen answer is now easier to recognize. Previously, weighted averages were used, because a statement could also be recognized “partly”. The percentages were more complicated for the business administrator to understand. Now it is a 100% distribution over the different steps. 

  • Results display based on target group. Because there is a difference between the content and the number of questions for operational employees versus management/direction, the results cannot be shown as a net sum in one table. One can choose to show the results from either “operational” or “management/direction”. Exports can be made from each view. 

Answer options for a question (SAQ Compact)

The SAQ Compact allows for questions with multiple answers (square check box) as well as questions with only one answer (circular check box). These are next to each other. With “multiple answers possible” the highest ticked step is counted. This was done because people can recognize themselves in several answers and that a lower step does not detract from the answer at the higher step. This way, the respondent is not forced to choose and answering becomes easier.