Psychological Tests for Safety & Security Professions

Most workplace accidents are caused by human error. In most cases, these incidents have serious consequences such as loss of production or even personal injury. This makes it all the more important to carry out personality tests and cognitive performance tests when selecting and assessing employees for safety-relevant occupations.

Why psychological tests in safety?

In some professions the avoidance of emergency and dangerous situations plays a particularly important role. If a risk situation nevertheless arises, employees must also be able to react quickly and safely. This behaviour is largely determined by the performance level and personality traits of the employees.

By means of psychological testing procedures for these characteristics, predictions can be made about the reactions of applicants in future situations. It can also be important to check these requirements regularly with psychological tests for existing employees.

What characteristics do people need in safety-relevant professions?

Cognitive high performance, motor precision or acting under pressure: In order to identify potential for occupations with high safety relevance, cognitive skills such as logical reasoning, but also psychomotor skills such as reaction speed are tested.

In addition to the performance psychology, personality aspects such as emotional resilience or risk avoidance may also be of interest. With the help of SCHUHFRIED's psychological tests you can do this efficiently and with high quality at the same time!

Relevant test dimensions in the area of safety


Attention is the basic prerequisite for safety-relevant behaviour. Employees with good attention work quickly and accurately, even with monotonous tasks, and thus have a lower risk of overlooking potential sources of danger.

Divided attention
Focused attention
Selective attention
Spatial attention
Sustained attention
Visual search

Cognitive abilities

Cognitive abilities are all those abilities that require a certain amount of thinking, such as spatial perception or logical reasoning. These become relevant whenever new or challenging tasks need to be completed, for example when working with heavy machinery or dangerous substances.

Cognitive abilities
Anticipation of movement
Cognitive flexibility
Logical reasoning
Planning ability
Processing speed
Spatial ability

Reactive behavior & visual functions

In critical situations where seconds matter, quick perception and quick reaction can make the difference between success and failure. Employees who are very good at it react quickly and correctly, even under stress.

Reaction behaviour & visual abilities
Ability to react
Obtaining an overview - traffic
Peripheral perception
Stress tolerance

Sensomotor functions

Sensomotor function is the ability to execute targeted movements. This ability is required for tasks in which information from the environment has to be continuously processed and converted into hand movements, for example when steering a crane or a bus.

Sensomotor functions
Eye-hand coordination
Fine motor skills

Work related aspects of personality

In addition to objective performance, the individual personality of employees is also relevant, for example to keep a cool head in stressful dangerous situations or to prevent dangers from arising in the first place through consistent adherence to guidelines.

Occupational personality
Aptitude for university studies
Behavior in traffic
Customer orientation
Frustration tolerance
Mental stability
Readiness to take risks
Sense of responsibility
Stress & burnout
Subjective stress
Team orientation

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