Measure What Matters: Using KPIs in Your Safety Program


In high-risk industries, maintaining a robust safety program is paramount. At KPA, we understand the critical role that Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) play in enhancing safety and compliance. KPIs are not just numbers; they are powerful tools that help organizations measure, manage, and improve their safety performance. I’d like to share some insights I’ve learned on effectively using KPIs to transform your safety program.

Understanding KPIs in Safety

KPIs are quantifiable metrics used to evaluate the success of an organization in achieving its objectives. In the context of safety, KPIs provide measurable data that can highlight areas of improvement, track progress, and drive accountability. Common safety KPIs include incident rates, near-miss reports, safety training completion rates, and audit results. By focusing on these metrics, organizations can gain a clearer picture of their safety performance and make informed decisions.

Setting the Right KPIs

The first step in leveraging KPIs is to ensure they are aligned with your safety goals. Each KPI should be:

  • Specific: Clearly defined and related to particular safety objectives.
  • Measurable: Quantifiable to track progress over time.
  • Achievable: Realistic and attainable given your resources and constraints.
  • Relevant: Directly related to the critical aspects of your safety program.
  • Time-bound: Set within a specific timeframe to provide clear deadlines for achievement.

For instance, if your goal is to reduce workplace injuries, a relevant KPI could be the “number of recordable injuries per month.” This KPI is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, making it an effective tool for tracking and improving safety performance.

Implementing KPIs in Your Safety Program

  1. Identify Key Areas: Determine which aspects of your safety program need monitoring. This could include incident reporting, training, compliance audits, or equipment inspections.
  2. Set Baseline Metrics: Establish a starting point for each KPI. This helps in understanding current performance levels and setting realistic targets.
  3. Regular Monitoring: Continuously track your KPIs. Use safety management software to automate data collection and reporting. At KPA, our software solutions offer comprehensive dashboards that provide real-time insights into your KPIs.
  4. Analyze Data: Regularly review KPI data to identify trends and patterns. Look for areas where performance is lagging and investigate the root causes.
  5. Take Action: Use the insights gained from KPIs to implement corrective actions. This could involve additional training, policy adjustments, or process improvements.

Benefits of Using KPIs

Using KPIs in your safety program offers several benefits:

  • Enhanced Visibility: Provides a clear view of safety performance across the organization.
  • Improved Accountability: Encourages responsibility and ownership of safety goals among employees.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Facilitates informed decision-making based on accurate data.
  • Continuous Improvement: Helps identify areas for improvement and track the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Assists in meeting regulatory requirements by providing documented evidence of safety performance.


KPIs are essential tools for any safety program, offering a structured approach to measuring and improving safety performance. By setting the right KPIs, regularly monitoring them, and taking action based on data insights, organizations can significantly enhance their safety outcomes. At KPA, we are committed to helping you achieve these goals through our innovative EHS software solutions. Embrace KPIs and take the next step towards a safer workplace.

By Jade Brainard, Product Director, KPA

Jade Brainard is the Product Director for KPA Flex software solutions. She has been working with KPA products for over 14 years with a focus on providing turn-key safety management software solutions for KPA customers. She works closely with many types of organizations, including construction, energy, manufacturing, and insurance, to understand how technology can be leveraged to effectively manage safety, reduce risk, and stay compliant with an ever-evolving regulatory environment.

Summary: Discover the importance of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in safety programs, their role in measuring, managing, and improving safety performance across organizations, and using them to make data-driven decisions to enhance workplace safety outcomes.


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