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Frequently asked questions

  • 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 questions does SAQ Compact consist of?

    SAQ Compact consists of 18 themes that correspond with the company characteristics from the SCL. For each theme, descriptions have been formulated that match the steps of the SCL. Respondents indicate to what extent they recognise themselves in the descriptions:

    • Not at all: The described behaviour is not visible within the organisation.
    • Partly: The described behaviour is not fully visible within the organisation.
    • Completely: The described behaviour is absolutely visible within the organisation.
    • Not applicable: The respondent is not familiar with the described behaviour.

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

  • How many questions does SAQ Compact have?

    SAQ Compact has 72 questions, broken down into the steps 2 to 5. For each question, respondents must indicate to what extent they agree with the description: not at all, partly or completely.

  • 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 given separately for each theme and each step. Each question is awarded with either 0, 50 or 100 points. In the final result, the score is expressed as the percentage of total points attained in relation to the maximum number of points that can be attained for each step. Answers that do not apply are not counted in the score.

    Interpretation of the score:

    There is a chance that the score for certain themes in a lower step is lower than the score in a higher step. This has to do with the way that the questions in SAQ Compact have been formulated. If employees associate more with the description belonging to step 4, for instance with the theme ‘Workplace Safety’, their score will be higher on that step. Because the scores are not cumulative, it can mean the previous steps had a lower score.

    Bear in mind that it isn't just about the score. The results are mainly intended to discover how safe and healthy the organisation is and on which themes the organisation needs to concentrate more to improve safety. In this way, the results of SAQ Compact can be used to prepare 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 SAQ Compact periodically, you can keep track of the progress and of the actions that have been taken.