• Troy Jeanes

Leading Indicators for Safety Leadership


Time and time again, top performing companies demonstrate that where there is a strong commitment to safety from leadership, companies are more likely to be able to transform their organizations. One of the hardest issues to improve though, is safety leadership - engaging the leadership and convincing them that their demonstration of leadership has a lasting impact on the safety performance of their workforce is not easy.


If you were to conduct a survey your company's HSE Management System, some leading indicators that will give you an idea of your problem areas would include:

  • Is there is a written safety policy?

  • Are there are written safety goals and objectives?

  • Are there written strategies and tactics (plans) for achieving safety objectives are in place?

  • Do Managers provide safety budgets, staffing, and facilities for meetings?

  • Are Managers participate in executing safety plans?

  • Do Managers monitor and periodically evaluates the safety program?

  • Do Managers and supervisors set an example of good safety practices, e.g., wearing personal protective equipment?

  • Are Managers and supervisors held accountable for safety performance, e.g., pay/promotions are partially dependent on safety?

  • Does Top Management receive and respond to safety committee recommendations?

  • Are Supervisors and managers personally conduct safety audits and inspections?

  • Are there are specific procedures for ensuring that accident investigations result in identification and timely implementation of countermeasures and the procedures are reviewed by management?

  • Do Managers attend safety meetings?

  • Are there Management representatives are members on the safety committee?

  • Do Managers regularly attend safety activities outside the company?

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