Developing a competency model for safety professionals: Correlations between competency and safety functions

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Introduction: Personal competency is an important factor influencing individual performance. The objective of this study was to develop a competency model of safety professionals and investigate the factors contributing to their competency to achieve greater safety performance. Method: In this study, 299 participants (153 safety professionals and 146 safety educators) completed self-administered questionnaires. The response rate was 75%. Results: The results of exploratory factor analysis and cluster analysis revealed that the competency scale for safety professionals comprised five factors. Additionally, the factor safety and health training and management explained most of the variance in the competency. The multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) results showed that the respondents' perception of professional competency was significantly influenced by the following factors: occupation, age, job tenure, level of education, and work status. Additionally, the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient analysis indicated that a safety professional's perceived competencies and safety functions were positively correlated. Impact on industry: This study discusses possible reasons for the influence of the factors previously mentioned and explains how the results can contribute to the development of safety competencies and curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-350
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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