1. Compass Safety Web-based Safety Perception Survey Software

2. Do-it-Yourself 9 Step Survey Guidebook

3. Do-it-Yourself Survey Course

1. Compass Safety Web-based Safety Perception Survey Software

 (a do-it-yourself survey option).

Few people would allow their doctor to operate on them without a solid diagnosis of their health problem. Similarily, health and safety professionals should not attempt to manage health and safety without first obtaining clear direction of what needs to be done in order to improve.  A well constructed and properly administered safety perception survey will provide you with all the information you need to improve health and safety in your company. When you conduct a safety perception survey, you need to first ensure that you have all of the proper tools so that you can be certain your survey is administered right the first time. Many companies have tried to administer safety perception surveys themselves but have failed. Here are three typical reasons why they fail:

-they either didn’t have the required knowledge needed to administer the survey properly

-they didn’t have an appropriate database to manage the volumes of data typically generated from the survey process or,

-they hired a consulting company offering survey services who also was not properly equipped to survey

Compass is committed to ensuring your survey experience with us is a success.  We have the knowledge and all of the tools you need to successfully conduct your survey. We charge companies a small fee to use our survey application and guide you through the process. The saying “you get what you pay for” is certainly true when it comes to survey databases.  The database you use will dictate, how you administer the survey, how much work is expended in administering it, the quality of the reports and therefore your ability to analyze the data. In the end, the overall cost and quality of your findings and recommendations, depend on what your database can do for you.  The database comes with a comprehensive user’s manual.

NOTE: Compass now now offers this application, (and our other survey products) up for sale to large companies, safety associations, Governments, workers insurance companies.  The use of the products will be restricted to the organization’s use and cannot be resold.


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2. Do-it-Yourself – (9 Step) Survey Guidebook


Do-it-yourself Safety Perception Survey Book


We have literally written the book on how to conduct a safety perception survey. We have taken all the mystery out of a process that has been the exclusive domain of expensive consultants. If you are not using our safety perception software be certain you know how to properly administer a safety perception survey before you start. There are a number of ways the survey process can fail and if you fail once it will reflect badly on the process going forward. You may never get another opportunity to conduct a survey in your company.  Our how to book entitled “YES YOU CAN… Conduct your own safety perception survey” will guide you through the survey process, step by step.  The book contains details on our 9 step survey process. Here are the steps:

  • Develop
  • Sample
  • Test
  • Communicate
  • Administer
  • Analyze
  • Validate
  • Obtain Feedback
  • Re-evaluate

This 9 step do-it-yourself process is the key to a successful survey experience.  For more information on the 9 steps you may refer to our article that was published in Professional Safety, ASSE at this page:

Instructors: If you are instructing a course containing information on safety perception surveys you may want to consider using our guidebook.  The book contains a workshop that is linked to our survey demo site. Students can demonstrate what they have learned in class by working on the workshop and view applicable reports.  Not only does this allow them to create and work with data reports but also analyze the data and then compare their analysis to ours.


$32.00 CDN (plus s&h)


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3. Do-it-Yourself Survey Course

We have developed a two day do-it-yourself safety perception course.  This course follows the information contained in the book and is ideal for safety associations, universities and colleges. The following summarizes the course content:

  • Culture
  • 9 step survey process
  • Reports
  • Data Analysis

Client Safety Perception Survey Options

Large companies, conglomerates, unions, safety associations, insurance companies

Without a doubt, the biggest service you can provide your organization or client, is a comprehensive assessment of the organizations’ culture.  Safety perception surveys have proven effective in assessing employee perceptions.  Perceptions influence employee behavior.  Compass has off the shelf surveys that work well for many organizations but we also have the knowledge and ability to help you create a survey that is specific to your organization.

Most companies conduct system audits that provide them with a partial picture of the health and safety management system.  Audits are a complimentary assessment but many audit processes are flawed.  Audit safety elements are typically based on very old research of W. H. Heinrich proposed 86 years ago.  Knowledge of safety systems has evolved beyond the basic elements such as investigation, inspection, etc.  Companies auditing year in and year out, using the same or similare audit protocol, ultimately begin to suffer from audit fatigue and paralysis.  The audit process ceases to provide them new information and direction.  Their audit assessment tools seek to assess only a fraction of what is really needed in order to improve health and safety in their organizations.  Time, effort and a great deal of money is wasted.

There has been a great deal of research carried out since W. H. Heinrich’s time.  There has even been significantly more research carried out since the 70’s when Dr. Dan Petersen first introduced safety perception surveys to the field of health and safety.  Because of this ongoing research, today’s safety perception surveys seek answers to additional health and safety determinants such as safety, autonomy and worklife balance.  These are factors that influence employee safety and they are not measured by audits or afety perception surveys created years ago.  Compass Health & Safety Ltd. works with organizations to help them identify factors preventing them from developing a world class health and safety culture.

Our survey application or database was developed to meet the needs of large and small organizations. For large clients such as insurance companies and safety associations the Compass survey application can administer group industry or association specific surveys to their members.  Their findings can then be bench marked against those of the group.  For example, the ABC Mining Association can make an association specific survey available to members that allows them to benchmark their results against the mining industry. Equally important, our survey application has been designed to allow companies to modify a standard survey to meet their own continuous improvement needs.  Perhaps they have a fleet or employ many contractors that warrant survey statements or questions that do not reflect the needs of others in the general group.  Our database allows these companies to include additional statements that can be toggled in or out of the final survey results.  In this way, the parent (e.g. association) needs are met and the company specific needs are met.  This is just one example of how our process can help meet company specific needs. 

Here is an example of how the process works for larger organizations.  

  • Compass works with the organization to develop a survey or surveys from our master question list.  Additional organization specific questions are incorporated into the survey.
  • The organizations’ survey(s) is made available to members under the organizations’ umbrella that has been set up in the database.
  • On an as need basis, the organizations’ survey is set up for the individual member companies under a member specific code.
  • Our survey process is do-it-yourself but Compass guides each company or organization through the survey process to ensure each survey is successful.
  • Survey respondents log onto the Compass survey site and respond to the organizations’ survey.
  • Once all respondents have completed the survey, the reports are made available to the company.
  • Compass receives a payment from the association or member company based on the number of survey respondents.

Here is some additional information about the process:

  • The survey application incorporates some powerful bench marking options that allows companies to compare their survey findings against others in their industry/group, as well as against all of the respondents’ data collected in the database. 
  • Recognizing that every company has their own specific survey needs, we developed the survey application so that companies could add additional company specific questions to a standardized group survey.  Then we added the ability to toggle in or out the results of specific questions.  This allows individual companies to meet the group standardized survey requirements but also their company specific requirements.  This approach is unique and refreshing option from the “on size fits all” approach generally offered.  
  • We also recognize that large organizations have employees that may find it more comfortable to respond to a survey in their own language.  Therefore, we added the option to survey in over a hundred different languages.  
  • Our database is extremely flexible. Each client can select and print only the reports that serve their purpose. For example, if you choose not to include the Employee Comments report that reveals every respondent comments to every question, you can select a less revealing report that summarizes the comments into a percent positive or negative Comments Pie Chart.  
  • We work with every client and make certain they follow the survey administration process and are using the survey application properly.  We charge a nominal fee per survey respondent to ensure each survey is administered properly.  
  • Our do-it-yourself guide book can also be tailored to meet each Association/Organization’s specific needs.  The Association’s survey guide book can then be provided to all survey administrators as their step by step survey guide.
  • The guidebook can be used as the basis for survey administer training.  
  • The database can easily be tailored to help conduct health and safety management system audits.  The interview process is very costly, may be bias and employees may be guarded in responding to interview questions.  Surveys can be used to gather interview information.

There are no contracts to sign.  Try the approach and if you like it, use it again.  We have drastically reduced the pricing for database users in this option.  Call us to discuss your survey needs.  Your organization may qualify for a FREE TRIAL SURVEY.  

 Individual companies

Individual companies are welcome to use our survey application.  We treat all of our clients the same. We will help individual companies create a survey or use one that we have already created.  We then walk them through the survey administration process and give them tips on reporting and analysis. Each of our survey clients also benefits from our applications ability to bench mark against other companies, survey in different languages, work with flexible reports, etc.

Commission for Referrals

We offer a generous finders fee for individuals that help bring us new survey clients. If you make a solid referral to us that leads to a new survey client, such as an individual company or industry group (e.g. safety association or union), you will receive a percentage of the sales.  Call us and we will discuss these details with you.