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April 30, 2020 - May 1, 2020
Leading indicators are positive actions or activities such as safetyorientations, utilization of daily job safety or job hazard analyses
(JSAs, JHAs), use of pre-task planning, safety inspections and
corrections, the number of safety audit findings, worker
observations, near miss reports, etc. Leading indicators focus on
policies and procedures that are in place to prevent an accident or
loss from happening in the first place and should be used to
monitor the safety performance of a project.
Traditionally, lagging indicators are used to measure safety
performance. Lagging indicators include tracking of injuries, lost
workday injuries, or OSHA recordable injuries. While easy to
accomplish, they focus on events that indicate that something or
someone has failed.
Replacing lagging indicator monitoring with leading indicator
monitoring is a move from a reactive to a proactive approach to
workplace safety which can prevent accidents from occurring in
the first place. If you see something unsafe or someone working
unsafely, speak up!