4 critical safety metrics you should be monitoring

April 20, 2020 Casey Nighbor

At SIMOS, we consider the safety of our workers our No. 1 priority and are always striving to make improvements in this area. Here are 4 critical safety metrics to track in order to monitor your operation and improve your safety overall.

1. Accidents and incidents

Your accident and incident rates are the bare minimum you should be tracking for your operation. A good formula to use is number of accidents per 100,000 hours worked. This will help you create a baseline percentage to improve from. 

An incident is typically a nonfatal injury or work-related illness. This could also include unsafe acts, which are recorded acts that are considered unsafe because they threaten the health and safety of workers. For example, using tools not for their intended purpose or operating machinery against established regulations are unsafe acts. This is also a good rate to track because it could lead to accidents in the future.

2. Employee Training

Managing employee training records is an essential way to monitor safety each month. Track who has completed safety training and any valid certificates. Knowing if any employees haven’t completed training can be helpful to proactively address accidents and ensure compliance.

3. Participation

To prevent incidents and reduce risk, every member of your organization needs to be involved and actively participating in safety trainings. Knowing which associates are attending meetings and completing any necessary forms or audits.

4. Audits Completed

While accident rates are metrics for past incidents, daily safety checks and audits are critical metrics for preventing future accidents. Having a standard audit process that checks associates regularly for safety practices and any preventive measures.

Tracking metrics is a great way to create way to build a comprehensive safety program. Having a comprehensive safety program in place for your contingent workforce is essential for operational optimization, risk mitigation and, most importantly, keeping your employees and associates safe.

Contact SIMOS to learn more ways to stay safe in your operation or download our safety checklist below.

About the Author

About Casey: Content marketing manager, frequently reading, aspiring chef, failed plant mom, connoisseur of tater tots, beauty products and airplane food.

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