Many safety pros still struggle to show the value of safety to top executives; many stop at reducing “bad” numbers such as incidents.
That way it’s difficult to align safety with strategic business goals; safety will always be regarded as a cost center.
A new metric can help safety pros move from measuring – and trying to reduce – the bad to having an impact on a company’s strategic “good,” such as employee health and well-being, and better customer and supplier safety.
Following the new metric allows safety pros to get buy-in and behavioral change from workers, improve employee satisfaction, and reduce risk enterprise-wide.
The metric, Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), was outlined to the Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene by Beth Beloff, Golder Associates (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The system walks safety pros through six steps to align their own metrics with existing company data to prove value:
- understand the context
- assess issues and prioritize
- develop key objectives
- define key performance indicators linked to existing data
- evaluate and communicate metrics, and
- continuous improvement.
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