Tracking the performance of your safety program is instrumental in helping you achieve your safety goals. By developing a few key performance indicators, and using them as the criteria for measuring the multiple aspects of your program, you’ll begin seeing the true ROI that comes from workplace safety, and the areas in which your teams need improvement. Here are a few indicators that can help you along the way.
Documenting accidents in the workplace is the most common key performance indicator for perfecting your safety practices. Evaluating on a monthly basis will pinpoint the incidents, how they happened and the outcome. You should also track incidents or “almost accidents” to ensure you take the appropriate steps in accident prevention.
Tracking lost time is essential in understanding the hit your company takes when accidents occur. This step will help you define the true dollar amount spent on often overlooked expenditures, such as the days your work force was short staffed; training costs for any new or temp employees; and money paid out for sick time and/or disability.
Repeat offenders can be a burden on your workforce and your annual budget. Often times, these employees simply lack training and an understanding of the best safety practices. Keeping up with the number of times each member of your team is involved in an accident will pin-point just how much individual employees is costing you in terms of lost production and property damage, as well as how often. Analyze your data. Decide which employees you believe can improve with some training on safety awareness, and get them trained as soon as possible. For those who seem to simply take advantage of the system, be prepared to deal with them swiftly as well.