We have probably all heard the phrase “what gets measured, gets done”. Traditionally, safety outcomes have been measured primarily using injury and illness rates, which are considered lagging indicators. However, lately the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken steps to encourage employers to incorporate leading indicators into their safety metrics. Leading indicators are best defined as the conditions and behaviors that are tied to better safety outcomes.
For employers with safety incentive programs, there is an additional reason to incorporate leading indicators. While OSHA now allows rate-based safety incentive programs, employers that implement such programs must take steps to offset the chilling effect these incentive programs could have on injury reporting.
Concurrently, thought leaders in the safety field are urging employers to shift toward a broader view safety that recognizes the critical role of systems and procedures in determining safety outcomes. Safety truly starts with those who determine what to measure, and it is crucial for leaders at the top to design and implement their systems that support rather than undermine safety .
Join us on December 12th for a free webinar with speaker Nathan Braymen, founder of isitrecordable.com and co-owner of accustatusa.com. This webinar will offer insight into leading and lagging indicators, their strengths and weaknesses, and best practices for striking an ideal balance between them.
You will learn:
- The implications of OSHA’s guidance on incentives and disincentives
- How to leverage leading and lagging indicators and strike the right balance between them to drive safety performance
- Psychological principles to help you avoid unintentionally undermining your safety culture
- The importance of true two-way communication in safety, illustrated through a brief case study
- Effective marketing strategies for safety
- Why safety won’t work without top-down support
- Why punishment inhibits learning and learning is the heart of safety
- How to build on success and eliminate the focus on failure