[IPAC-List] Measuring Fear of Heights

Mark Hammer Mark.Hammer at psc-cfp.gc.ca
Fri Jun 25 15:22:02 EDT 2010

We get the damndest questions here, don't we?

Do you want *fear*, specifically, or simply capacity to function at heights, whether its fear or some other factor impairing functional capacity?

Mark Hammer

>>> "Reindl, Kevin" <KReindl at semprautilities.com> 2010/06/25 3:19 PM >>>

I thought this might be a good question to pose to the IPAC list, since I'm sure many of the firefighter selection experts out there have encountered this...

Does anyone do any type of assessment/test that measures someone's fear of heights? We have been grappling with this for a while. We have some positions at a few of our companies that require employees to climb externally mounted stairs to the top of storage tanks (up to 200 feet). We've considered a pre-employment assessment where we simply ask candidates to actually perform this task. However, the concern for safety has always been a barrier.

Any thoughts/advice/experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Kevin Reindl
Sr. People Research Advisor
San Diego Gas & Electric
Human Resources
8306 Century Park Court, CP41A
San Diego, CA 92123-1530
Tel: 858-654-1823
Fax: 858-654-1515
Email: kreindl at semprautilities.com<mailto:kreindl at semprautilities.com>

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