An example of the difference between leading and lagging indicators:
Lagging indicators include data on incidents/events ( injuries, fires, explosions, near miss, near hit, etc.)
Leading indicators could include how many safety checklist audits did the lab complete or how many employees completed safety training on topics such as safe handling of compressed gases.
Lagging are what happened (in the past distant or recent) and Leading are those things routinely done that are known to prevent or reduce severity of incidents.
Both are useful, especially when one wants to see if their culture is changing.
Adapting, as I understand on the list below, simply would mean taking safety into consideration becomes part of how ones does things. Some people use the term "safety DNA" it is just part of the task to evaluate where the hazards are in the task, if the equipment is the right equipment, make sure that the appropriate controls are in place.
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**med.cornell.edu]On Behalf Of Laurie Yoder
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Simple benchmarking scale for safety
I can understand 0 through 3. Would someone be willing to offer a brief explanation what is meant by "leading and lagging" and "adapting"? (I'm fairly new to the official safety world).
Laurie M. Yoder
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Hygiene Officer
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Daniel Crowl <crowl**At_Symbol_Here**mtu.edu> wrote:
?With all these lab incidents there has been a lot of discussion about what to do. One thing that is missing is a simple benchmarking scale to gauge your safety program.
Last July I was at a process safety workshop in Hong Kong and saw a presentation by Hugh Sullivan of ERM - a consulting firm. He presented a scale that works for all safety programs, including lab safety and process safety. I took the liberty of adding a 0 on the scale because, sadly, I have encountered this many times.
The benchmarking scale is:
0 - no safety program, maybe even disdain for safety.
1 - reacts to accidents only
2 - follows rules and regulations
3 - management systems exist such as hazard analysis, pre-startup reviews, etc.
4 - performance indicators - including leading and lagging
5 - adapting - safety is a core value
a. you need to work your way up thru the scale - you can't jump from 2 to 5
b. many folks think that following all rules and regulations is adequate. Sorry, but that only gets you to a 2.
Adjunct Professor, University of Utah
Professor Emeritus, Michigan Tech University
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