Today more and more organizations are looking deeply into data to uncover new safety insights and make better-informed decisions. With so much data easily obtainable, building out your reporting dashboard from scratch can seem daunting. Where do you even start? Which key performance indicators (KPI) are most significant to track?
Consider the outcomes you want to achieve while answering the above questions. Typically the only metric that matters is incident rates. While you already track this internally, it's already reported to insurance. That makes this metric well-known and easily accessible. So, what kinds of metrics can you start tracking that could make the most significant impact on your incident rate?
This article covers the eight safety metrics your safety department should report on each month.
1. Toolbox Talks Frequency
Toolbox talks are something that every worker has done. Some call them safety meetings or safety briefs. These meetings typically last around 10 to 20 mins and either summarize on-site hazards and controls, cover a specific safety topic, or review submitted near misses.
The frequency of these talks has a direct impact on incidents. Data shows that in companies that perform daily safety toolbox talks, there has been an 85% decrease in total recordable incident rates, TRIR.
Starting each day with a toolbox safety talk reinforces those general safe work expectations and obligations. More importantly, demonstrates to the workforce the importance of putting safety first daily.
You can learn all about Toolbox Talks and how to conduct them in our Ultimate Guide to Toolbox Talks.
2. Worker Participation
To prevent incidents, every organization member needs to be involved and actively participate in your safety program. That means every team member at every level must know the company's safety goals to contribute adequately. When measuring worker participation, a few key safety metrics to track each month include:
- Number of safety meetings attended
- Amount of training courses completed
- Total inspections conducted and submitted
- Completed corrective actions
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3. Safety Program Performance Reviews
Safety program performance reviews should be completed with all workers twice per year, and they are a way to create accountability for the workers. They also allow management to review what is working and, more importantly, what isn't. Understanding where safety is breaking down is essential to implementing a thriving safety culture.
Reviewing how many incidents took place, how many near-misses were submitted, and what survey results from field staff look like highlights overall workforce engagement.
These are key and need to be reviewed regularly with your workers.
4. Corrective Action Completion Velocity
Knowing how many corrective actions are created and closed monthly is fantastic but doesn't show a complete picture. Do you have aging corrective actions open for weeks or months?
The corrective action process is vital to all control points in a company's safety program. Measuring the average time to complete corrective action items can expose potential flaws in every step of a corrective action process, from being issued to acknowledging receipt, follow-up, completion, and verification.
This metric will show if any of these steps is weak.
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5. Employee Training
Tracking employee training records can seem tiresome, but it's one of the essential safety metrics to track each month. Stay on top of which team members have valid training certificates, which ones will expire, and how many expired tickets there are shows you're taking a proactive approach to workplace safety and can help you stay compliant.
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6. Non-compliant PPE Use
The use of PPE can be monitored through regular safety audits of workers in the field. Send your safety staff to the field to log observations of proper and improper PPE usage. Track how many observations were made each month and how many of those observations were deemed unsatisfactory.
Take steps to improve this ratio and your score, and be sure to present these numbers to your workers regularly. It's essential not to use this to place blame but to keep it higher level so your workforce can see how important it is to you.
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7. Incidents and Near Misses
Usually, organizations focus most of their reporting on lagging indicators, like incidents (TRIR and DART) and near misses. Measuring these lagging indicators tells us how we've been doing and provides a solid foundation to build on. Once you've established your baseline, you can then contemplate putting checks in place to improve these key safety metrics.
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8. Safety Program Goal Setting
- Action plans developed and documented.
- Progress tracked and reported.
- The CEO works with staff to review goals, plans and reports and to provide direction.
- Action plans evaluated for effectiveness.
Measure how many of your workers set a safety goal every month. You do not measure their goal specifically, just whether or not they set one. The simple act of a worker having to think of a goal, decide what to measure, and decide if it was achieved or has failed is enough to gain all of this metric's incident-reducing benefits.
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