Campbell Institute Reveals the Predictive Power of Leading Indicators

The NSC's center of excellence for environmental, health, and safety management has published a new white paper on this topic.

SAN DIEGO -- The National Safety Council's Campbell Institute has published a new white paper entitled Practical Guide to Leading Indicators: Metrics, Case Studies & Strategies. The white paper  debuted at the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo. The institute, which is the NSC center of excellence for environmental, health, and safety management, developed this paper to provide a standardized set of best practices and benchmarks for leading indicators used by Campbell Institute member companies.

The paper contains a matrix of leading indicators that includes their definitions and metrics for how each indicator can be tracked. Case studies are also included showing how leading indicators are being put into practice with member companies. These indicators are designed to give advance warning of potential problems so corrective actions can be taken. They help to reveal weaknesses in an organization's procedures or employee behavior before they can cause real harm. Three categories of indicators were included in the research: systems-based, operations-based, and behavior-based.

"The listing of key leading indicators found in this paper is a guide for companies looking to continuously improve on their journey to safety excellence," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the NSC, as she mentioned a key theme of this year's annual conference. "Using leading indicators can produce positive outcomes in occupational safety as well as business performance."

Case studies were contributed by Cummins, Honeywell, NASA Safety Center, USG, and Fluor.

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