Hazard Perception

Failure to spot hazards is a significant cause of accidents

We worked on a project with our customer, Australian road corporation VicRoads, to develop a hazard perception assessment as part of the driving tests they set.

It shows whether learner drivers can spot hazards and thus if they are ready to drive unsupervised.

Customers may find this type of test useful to assess a range of situations. These include driving, operating machinery within manufacturing, law enforcement or other environments where a person must monitor an environment and identify problems or threats.

Customers who would like to discuss how we could develop a hazard perception test for their situation, should contact their account manager or email sales@questionmark.com.

VicRoads use case

Australia roads corporation VicRoads launched its new hazard perception test in February 2020.

It includes a 40-minute video and tests learner drivers’ hazard recognition and reaction skills before they are allowed to get behind the wheel of a car unsupervised.

The test helps drivers keep pace with the challenge of busier roads. It was developed in a collaboration between Questionmark and VicRoads.

Click here to view a short practice hazard perception test

Introducing a hazard perception test can reduce accidents by 11%1

A typical hazard perception test would present a video for a candidate to interact with.

The video would simulate a relevant scene. For instance, in a driving test it will simulate driving a vehicle. Or in a manufacturing health and safety test, it would show operating machinery, or in a law enforcement environment a scene of interest.

During the video, the candidate will need to identify one or more hazards and can be scored for identifying a hazard correctly and/or penalized for failing to spot an important hazard.

Hazard perception tests are widely used to reduce accidents with beginner drivers, and the concept can also be used in other environments to measure the ability to detect hazards that could affect safety.

For employers that need to assess potentially hazardous situations, the information from these tests can be used to introduce or strengthen training for individuals or teams. Introducing such a test can also improve performance and reduce accidents.



1 See https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0963721416663186

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Customers interested in developing a hazard perception test should contact their account manager to schedule a call with one of our product development experts.

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