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Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ)

The Safety Culture Ladder Webtool contains two questionnaires: SAQ Compact and SAQ Extended.
An SAQ provides insight into an organisation's safety culture. An SAQ translates the completed questionnaire into a total score in the maturity model of the Safety Culture Ladder (SCL).

Companies and organisations can use an SAQ:

  • to perform a baseline measurement, for example as part of a development or improvement plan;
  • to perform a general self-assessment;
  • as part of an audit procedure.

SAQ Compact

SAQ Compact is a self-assessment tool that provides insight into an organisation's safety culture. It is a kind of baseline measurement, intended to be used primarily by the organisation itself. It serves as a guideline for further development of the safety culture in your organisation.

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. SAQ Compact contains 72 questions, which all need to be answered. Respondents have to indicate to what extent they agree with the description.

SAQ Extended

SAQ Extended allows you to perform an extensive assessment of the safety culture in your organisation. By answering the questions, you can see which step of the ladder you are on. Before filling in the questionnaire, you have to indicate the step for which you want to be certified. Respondents will then only be given the questions for that step (and the lower steps). SAQ Extended has 233 questions in total.

Deciding between SAQ Compact and SAQ Extended

The following table shows the differences between SAQ Compact and SAQ Extended. You can use this table to help you choose between the two questionnaires.

Audit format

SAQ Compact

Short, simplified version. Contains 18 themes, 72 questions.

SAQ Extended

Comprehensive version. Selection of questions based on the selected step. Contains 233 questions on the highest step.

Approved Self Assessment

You must use this version with the Approved Self-Assessment.

You may not use this version with the Approved Self-Assessment.

SCL Light

You may not use this version with the SCL Light.

You must use this version with SCL Light.

SCL

You are allowed to use this version with the SCL.

You are allowed to use this version with the SCL.

SCL Original

You are allowed to use this version with the SCL Original.

You are allowed to use this version with the SCL Original.

SAQ results

Both SAQs translate the completed questionnaire into a total score in the maturity model of the Safety Culture Ladder. The score is an indication of the step based on the self-evaluation. No rights may be derived from this. The actual step is determined by a certifying body (CB). 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.

Read more about the steps, scores and assessment criteria →


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