RR271 - Recruiting safe employees for safety-critical roles
This document summarises an innovative research project undertaken by psychologists from the Occupational Psychology Centre (OPC) on behalf of Her Majesty' s Railway Inspectorate (HMRI). The study involved piloting a selection process for safety-critical employees within the UK rail industry. The process was piloted with employees working on the track and it involved:
- identifying the key characteristics required for safe and effective performance in a range of safety-critical activities undertaken on the track that have not previously been analysed;
- selecting suitable assessment tools to measure these key characteristics;
- trialling these assessment tools with track worker applicants
and existing track workers;
- validating the assessment tools by demonstrating, wherever possible, the link between performance on the assessment tools and performance in training and on the job, including safety performance.
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