SHL Americas Unveils Dependability and Safety Instrument Solution at the HR Technology Conference & Exposition

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DSI Can Assess Candidates’ Likelihood of Absenteeism, Proneness to Accidents

DSI’s quick and effective objective assessment can easily integrate into existing recruitment and auditing processes

SHL Americas, a world-leading provider of objective employment assessment and development solutions, will unveil its new Dependability and Safety Instrument (DSI) at the Human Resource Executive's 11th Annual HR Technology® Conference & Exposition in Chicago next week.

Businesses face the challenge of reducing the direct cost of work related accidents and lowering the risk of potential liability in addition to reducing the future cost of absenteeism in a consistent and legally defensible way. Using objective assessment is a proactive means of managing and minimizing both future accidents and absenteeism. SHL’s Dependability and Safety Instrument provides an effective, objective measure of each candidate’s accident proneness, likelihood of being involved in a work related accident and probability of following company policies and procedures. It also identifies potential employees who will have good attendance records, will be effective and positive team members and will be quality and customer focused. The DSI can ascertain those applicants suitable for many key roles, notably front-line operational roles in industries such as hospitality, retail, manufacturing and transportation
where reliability, dependability and safety are important.

American businesses lose billions of dollars due to both absenteeism and workplace accidents. It is estimated that the direct cost of workplace injuries for American companies is upwards of $48 billion annually(1). Many of these avoidable accidents can be attributed to human factors, such as the recent fatal collision of a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth, Calif.

“DSI’s quick and effective objective assessment can easily integrate into existing recruitment and auditing processes,” said Dr. Hennie Kriek, president, SHL Americas. “Line managers, who generally are not trained in the use of objective assessments can use this solution with minimal or no support as a screening tool for new candidates, or as part of an internal review program.”

Human Resource Executive's 11th Annual HR Technology® Conference & Exposition will take place at McCormick Place West, Chicago, Ill., from Wednesday, October 15 to Friday, October 17, 2008. SHL will exhibit in booth No. 1140.

About SHL Group Limited
SHL Group, the global leader in talent assessment solutions in the workplace, supports organizations in the selection and development of people at all levels and across all sectors.

Operating in more than 50 countries and in more than 30 languages, SHL offers the world’s largest portfolio of assessment tools and delivers innovative approaches to help organizations increase productivity, identify future leaders and gain a competitive advantage through improved people performance. In the last 12 months, SHL has delivered over two million objective assessments.

SHL works with thousands of organizations worldwide, including 80% of the FTSE 100 and 50% of the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit

1. According to the Liberty 2007 Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the estimated direct U.S. workers compensation costs for the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2005 were $48.3 billion.

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