Pay Attention to Safety Metrics to Skip Unwanted Incidents

With the overflow of information and development of data collection techniques, it becomes difficult to decide the metrics worth tracking.

In this article at Occupational Health & Safety online, Clare A. Epstein shares estimation of safety data that organizations ignoring the environmental health and safety professionals (EHS) must consider.

Calculating the EHS Index

Refining EHS performance is a critical mission as EHS systems are gradually leveraging in industrial turnaround activities to optimize project schedules and productivity. However, the biggest challenge here is to realize that EHS and operational benefits have the ability to collect high-quality data to produce actionable insights in real time. Therefore, evaluate these safety data metrics of your organization’s EHS performance:

  1. Incident Metrics: The Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) is the benchmark useful in comparing the safety performance of your firm with others and may turn into an eye-opener. The TCIR will give you clarity of the incidents happening frequently while helping you determine and rectify the root cause of it.
  2. Inspection Metrics: In the line of defense, first comes inspection metrics that proactively helps in preventing unfortunate incidents at work. Therefore, first track the number of audits completed at your location. Once calculated, start digging deeper into the inspection results to identify the location having the highest number of safety issues. Later, focus on facilitating the identified location and do an in-depth evaluation of this area.
  3. Observation Metrics: Similar to inspection metrics, conducting frequent observations of the employees’ safety behaviors also eliminate injuries. Monitoring behavior helps you make constructive use of the information like the work procedure that may affect the safety or use of safe measures inappropriately.
  4. Training Metrics: Pay close attention to the number of employee turnaround for the course and the rate of passing it. Ensure that the employees who have enrolled in the training are actually attending it and demonstrating a reasonable understanding of the training program. After this, deeply analyze the number of employees who achieved the desired result of the training to gain the number of employees needs retraining. If the percentage is high, clearly, you are lagging behind in scheduling training. Thereby, find new technological resources or tools to streamline the scheduling process.
  5. Safety Hazards: Try creating a work culture where employees eagerly suggest or give feedback over the safety measures adopted by the organization. Make sure their safety concerns and hazards are well addressed, as soon as reported.

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