Leading Indicators for Safety Leadership
Updated: Jan 30
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 of 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 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 specific procedures for ensuring that accident investigations result in the identification and timely implementation of countermeasures and that the procedures are reviewed by management?
Do Managers attend safety meetings?
Are there Management representatives who are members of the safety committee?
Do Managers regularly attend safety activities outside the company?