Using Leading Indicators to Improve Safety Management
There are many webinars and articles about leading indicators at safety conferences and in EHS publications, and everyone seems to agree that they’re good things. But it’s not always clear to the average EHS professional what leading indicators actually are, how they improve safety, and what kinds of factors you need to consider if you’re going to effectively use them. This webinar is for them.
During this presentation, attendees will learn that not all leading indicators are created equal and will better understand how to more effectively choose leading indicators that track the activities relevant to achieving safety objectives. We’ll review some of the key industry guidance on managing leading indicators, including OSHA’s educational materials and the new ANSI/ASSP standard Z16.1-2022 on “Safety and Health Metrics and Performance Measures.” We’ll also provide concrete examples of what good leading indicators look like in practice and explain how leading indicators and predictive analytics work together within an effective, action-focused occupational health and safety management system, as modeled by standards such as ISO 45001.
In this webinar, attendees will learn:
- The difference between leading and lagging indicators, and how they work together
- Why just doing “safety tours” and “safety walks” won’t necessarily improve safety performance, and how to choose better leading indicators that are more predictive of achieving safety objectives
- How to use OSHA’s “SMART” characteristics to improve leading indicator selection
- How leading indicators help achieve the more active, risk-focused safety management approach described by ISO 45001, and how they drive better employee engagement with a safety program
- How modern safety software can help improve tracking of leading indicators and combine them with predictive analytics capabilities to help organizations transition toward positively shaping future safety performance, instead of just documenting past performance.
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