InTents October/November 2022 - 42

business | safety
Leading indicators
L
eading indicators are proactive,
preventive and predictive measures
Workplace injuries declining
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics, 5,333 workers died on the
job in 2019 (3.5 per 100,000 full-time
equivalent workers)-on average,
more than 100 a week or about 15
deaths every day. Fortunately, due
to increased safety requirements,
worker deaths in America are downon
average, from about 38 worker
deaths a day in 1970 to 15 a day in
2019. Worker injuries and illnesses are
also down-from 10.9 incidents per 100
workers in 1972 to 2.8 per 100 in 2019.
that provide information about the
effective performance of your safety
and health activities. They measure
events leading up to injuries, illnesses
and other incidents and reveal potential
problems in your safety and health
program. In contrast, lagging indicators
measure the occurrence and frequency
of events that happened in the past,
such as the number or rate of injuries,
illnesses and fatalities.
While lagging indicators can alert
you to a failure in an area of your safety
and health program or to the existence
of a hazard, leading indicators
allow you to take preventive action to
address that failure or hazard before
it turns into an incident. A good program
uses leading indicators to drive
change and lagging indicators to measure
effectiveness.
For example, one good leading
indicator might be the amount of
time it takes to respond to a safety
hazard report. A decrease in the
response time may demonstrate an
increased awareness in safety and
managers' commitment to workplace
safety. Conversely, an increase in
response time could signal a lack of
management concern, which could
mean that hazards are likely to remain
uncontrolled, and incidents are more
likely to occur. Furthermore, workers
may decide to discontinue reporting
hazards if they feel that management
is not being responsive to their concerns.
This can affect morale, which could have
broad implications for the workplace.
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Use leading indicators to proactively improve workplace safety.
Benefi ts
Leading indicators can play a vital role in
preventing worker fatalities, injuries and
illnesses, as well as strengthening safety
and health outcomes in the workplace.
Employers that use leading indicators
as a tool for achieving these goals have
a substantial advantage over their competitors.
By taking deliberate and measured
actions that can prevent fatalities,
injuries and illnesses, these employers
demonstrate their commitment to maintaining
a socially responsible workplace
that values workers. By strengthening key
elements of their safety and health programs,
they also can improve their overall
organizational performance.
In addition to the social beneits,
employers that use leading indicators
to ind and ix hazards can realize
direct savings to their bottom line.
These include savings in repair
costs, production costs, workers'
compensation costs, and other legal
and regulatory costs that are commonly
associated with incidents. For example,
by ixing hazards that lead to roadblocks
in production, employers may be able
to complete daily tasks more eficiently
and reduce production costs related to
those activities.
SMART principles
Good leading indicators are based on
SMART principles, meaning they are
Speciic, Measurable, Accountable,
Reasonable and Timely:
1. Speciic: Does your leading indicator
provide speciics for the action that
you will take to minimize risk from a
hazard or improve a program area?

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