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Why LEAD indicators allow you to elevate your health and safety organisation

By Steve Williams AMBCI, MIIRSM, Managing Director, BCarm

1 in 2 businesses say they don’t have safety performance metrics in place that allow them to measure and manage workplace safety every month*.

Given the potential consequences of safety not performing, why wouldn’t you want to know how you are performing, and if you do, how would you go about it?

Why are LEAD indicators so important?

Health and safety differ from many management disciplines because success results in the absence of an outcome (injuries or ill health). But a low injury frequency is no guarantee that risks are being controlled and will not lead to injuries or ill health in the future. 

This type of data is a LAG indicator, telling us what has already happened. Whilst important measures, they don’t allow us to influence our safety environment. It’s a REACTIVE indicator. This is why LEAD indicators are so important, they tell us where issues could arise so we can take pre-emptive action; they are PROACTIVE indicators.

What’s a LEAD Indicator

These are 2 types;

  • A level of activity that needs to happen as part of our safety organisation, e.g. How many Risk Assessments are proactively monitored in a given period against a monitoring regime? 
  • The performance of that activity within our safety organisation, e.g. How many of the control measures defined in a Risk Assessment are in operation and being complied with?

So, why isn’t LEAD indicator reporting the norm?

A significant factor can be data capture, and the time it takes, particularly in paper-based or electronic systems. Software, like BCarm, can provide a solution, providing it produces LEAD performance data and not just workflow, document management, or task scheduling. 

Watch our on-demand webinar on how to transform your health and safety with LEAD metrics. In the webinar, we cover:-

  • How can performance metrics make a difference to health and safety?
  • Getting ahead of the curve with LEAD indicators
  • What LEAD indicators you might want to look at.
  • Using metrics to create visibility, accountability, and engagement.

Watch now.

*BCarm Survey

What does Health and Safety look like in a digital world?

By Bcarm

“Tech is the new muscle” is a common turn of phrase often used to discuss what lessons we can take from covid and certainly digitisation is a way to upgrade your health and safety organisation.

As a Health and Safety professional, any risk management system, unless in the simplest, lowest risk organisation is complicated.

  • There are many activities
  • These may involve many people
  • It has to operate in a dynamic environment
  • There needs to be a robust audit trail
  • There may be conflicting pressures in the business.

Anything that creates difficulty in the process creates operational and engagement barriers that can undermine the management of risk in the business.

Anything that makes the process easier, more convenient, with less operational friction will see better levels of risk management and this is where a digital health and safety management system can deliver both cost benefits and improved engagement by the business.

Digitisation can make a difference as the “muscle” that enables people. In our recent webinar “Risk Assessment in a Digital World”, 70% of attendees said it would “significantly enhance” their process.

In helping clients make the necessary transitions to leverage the benefit of “digital”, we are helping them tackle a wide range of issues from document migration, training and also process evolution and we’re keen to learn more to help take the unknown out of the process.

Take part in our 4-question survey – and you could receive Health and Safety training for up to 250 employees*

We’re undertaking an industry-wide survey for Health and Safety professionals to help us better understand their concerns and priorities of managing H&S in a digital world.

All Health and Safety professionals taking part in the survey will be entered into a free prize draw to win a year’s licence to our E-Learning package for up to 250 employees!* 

For more info and to take part in the survey click here: https://survey.hsforms.com/1aDusl0ovS_euxzDSvzHK2w2u2zn

*See T&Cs in link

WEBINAR: Risk assessment in a digital world

Risk Assessment is unquestionably a critical component of the safety process, but so is ensuring that the control measures defined in the Risk Assessment are in place, operative and being complied with. The latter often creates a challenges, particularly if the safety management system is difficult to access and cumbersome to use or there is no management reporting mechanism. This in itself can lead to lower levels of protection and engagement across the company.

Digitising your safety management system could be a solution. How would your safety organisation look if…

  1. Your H&S team have access to all Risk Assessments in one place, wherever they are.
  2. Your Risk Assessments produce lead performance metrics telling you how you are complying with the control measures and whether they are in place or not.
  3. You can instantly track corrective action arising from reviews, monitoring or safety audits to achieve PDCA.
  4. Your staff can be trained on your Risk Assessments on the shopfloor, sign they have read and understood the training and immediately have their training record updated.
  5. You have real-time performance data by every department and location in your organisation of compliance with your Risk Assessment.

A digital management system can create visibility, accountability and defensibility and significantly reduce time, cost and friction from your safety process.

Join our 30-minute webinar ‘Risk Assessment in a Digital World on Thursday 23 September at 11.30am to discover what a digital management system could do to enhance your safety organisation..

Click Here To Register

WEBINAR REWIND: Learn how to transform your health and safety performance

Many businesses have performance data on sales, cash flow and stock holdings – but few have performance metrics on health and safety measures in the workplace. Find out how to unlock this knowledge in this unmissable webinar from BCarm.

The webinar will give you practical take-aways on how to use metrics to transform your health and safety performance and increase employee engagement.

You’ll hear from Steve Williams AMBCI, Managing Director at BCarm, who works with companies across the UK helping them to improve their health and safety culture and build resilience for competitive advantage, encompassing:

  • How can performance metrics make a difference to health and safety?
  • Getting ahead of the curve with LEAD indicators
  • What LEAD indicators you might want to look at.
  • Using metrics to create visibility, accountability and engagement.

This webinar is unmissable for risk managers, company directors and those involved in managing the health and safety culture in their organisation – watch below, or click here.

And if you have any questions regarding the webinar, please contact Izzie Sadiq-Shirley on isadiq-shirley@bcarm.co.uk.