3 Steps to Xmas Holiday Safety Management

Latest article by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith first published here. The message is clear: Your current WHS system probably isn't working as well as you think it is (nor is anyone else’s) and your current lead and lag indicators are unlikely to prove the effectiveness of Safety Management and will be of little interest to …

‘Measuring’ does things to people…. (and what to do about it)

‘Measuring’ does things to people…. (and what to do about it) It has become fashionable for organisations to use positive or leading indicators as a way to ‘measure’ their risk and safety ‘performance’. Leaders in some organisations have proudly told me how they are ‘progressive’, ‘generative’ and ‘world class’ because they focus on leading indictors …

Is There Safety In Numbers?

Is There Safety In Numbers? There seems obsession to measure health and safety at present and this often done through the use of so called lag or lead indicators. The majority of these include a number based system for monitoring ongoing performance. A few examples of these are included in the table below: This particular …

Misleading Indicators

Misleading Indicators

 

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“If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know you aren’t already there?”

By Phil La Duke on HIS BLOG

Nearly every safety professional worth his or her salt has been told that he or she needs to look at both leading and lagging indicators; it’s good advice, in fact, it’s advice I’ve given many times in articles and speeches over the years.  But in my last post (two weeks ago—I spent the last week at a customer site and with the travel travails I just couldn’t bring myself to hammer out a post, deepest apologies to my fans and detractors alike) I questioned the value of tracking (not reporting or investigating, mind you, just tracking) near misses.  Well, as you can imagine the weirdoes, fanatics, and dullards came out in droves to sound off and huff and puff about things I never said (reading comprehension skills are at a disgraceful low these days).  Not everyone one who reads my stuff is a whack-job however, and some of the cooler heads insisted that tracking near misses was important because near miss reporting is a key leading indicator; it’s not…and it is, but like so much of life, it’s complicated.

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