Essential Skills as a Predictor of Safety Performance Among CPPI-certified Petroleum Professional Drivers in Alberta (2004)

Report on a Pilot Project

This report describes a pilot project undertaken by the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) and the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (CPPI) to determine whether there might be a correlation between the skill levels that professional petroleum drivers have in reading, document use, and numeracy, and the likelihood of having safety incidents.

Researchers looked at the scores for 231 drivers on the CTHRC’s Test of Workplace Essential Skills – Professional Drivers (TOWES – PD); demographic information collected during testing; and safety performance data for these drivers.

The findings indicate that there is a correlation between Essential Skills proficiency and the likelihood of having safety incidents, with professional drivers who did not meet or exceed the upper end of the reading standard being 1.58 times more likely to have had an incident than those who did meet the standard. Those who did not meet the established standard for document use were 1.69 times more likely to have had an incident than those who did meet the standard.

The author points out that given the costs associated with safety problems, there is a business case for industry investment in Essential Skills assessment and upgrading.

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Carol MacLeod. Essential Skills as a Predictor of Safety Performance Among CPPI-certified Petroleum Professional Drivers in Alberta 2004. Web. 24 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cthrc/es_cppi/es_cppi.pdf>
Carol MacLeod (2004). Essential Skills as a Predictor of Safety Performance Among CPPI-certified Petroleum Professional Drivers in Alberta. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cthrc/es_cppi/es_cppi.pdf
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