Reporting the Correct Health and Safety Metrics

Poor health and safety performance can have detrimental effects on workers and their families, as well as on the financial and reputational health of a business.

A simple way to help businesses thrive in health and safety is through reporting and tracking health and safety metrics. Doing so can help identify what drives good performance and highlight areas in need of improvement – making it easier to bolster weak spots in the system. Overall, it creates a comprehensive picture of how well the health and safety system is functioning in all aspects.

However, deciding on the correct metrics to use is the most crucial part.

Each organisation is required to choose appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs) that are most relevant to the health and safety risks they have identified in their workplace. Gathering the right information and data will allow them to determine how effectively they are managing and minimising these critical risks.

Metrics can include ‘lead’ indicators which anticipates what will happen in the future and help prevent incidents, and ‘lag’ indicators to measure past events and help ensure incidents are not repeated. As not every aspect of health and safety can be measured, indicators can also compose of descriptions, assessments and analysis of info – addressing both health risks and safety risks.

To find out more about health and safety metrics, click here.

For additional advice on managing health and safety risks through metrics, check out SafePlus’ Lead Indicators – which includes the most effective leading KPIs across industry sectors (e.g. Construction, Manufacturing, Transport and more).

Alternatively, contact the team at Working Wise by filling out our online form or giving us a call on 04 499 0710, to find out how our support and consultancy services can help refine and boost your health and safety performance.

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