Leading and Lagging Indicators

Importance of Leading Indicators

To improve the effectiveness of your safety procedures, consider analyzing and changing the way they are measured. The traditional safety metrics used are lagging indicators, which focus on past accident statistics to determine how many people were injured and the extent of the injuries. Lagging indicators, however, do not highlight a company's efforts in preventing them. Leading indicators, on the other hand, focus on measuring risk prevention efforts prior to an injury, which helps give insight on what may cause incidents and allows for appropriate steps to be taken to avoid them. Examples of leading indicators include regular safety training and preventative maintenance programs.

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