Using EHS Data
Companies that leverage their safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace are setting themselves up for success. Safety leaders armed with data visuals and interpretations can make educated decisions that drive productivity, foster a strong culture of safety in the workplace, and encourage continuous improvement.
Injuries and illnesses can slow down your workforce and grind productivity to a halt. Depending on the severity, a workplace injury can result in direct and indirect productivity impacts, including:
- Time lost to work stoppage
- Damage to tools and equipment
- Administrative time spent by supervisors and safety managers
- Replacement worker training costs
Using data-driven safety strategies can help you avoid workplace accidents that hinder your team’s productivity.
Build Safety Culture
By presenting data to your employees and opening a discussion on interpretations, you can instill a stronger safety culture through team member engagement and transparent leadership. Together, you and your team can make data-driven decisions on improving workplace safety measures.
Effective safety leaders constantly evaluate their safety procedures and make adjustments accordingly. You can harness the power of data and analytics to identify opportunities for continuous improvement to your safety procedures.
Types of Safety Data, and How to Use Them
Most safety data can be put into one of two categories: leading indicators and lagging indicators. Leading indicators use predictive measurements, like Near Miss Reports and Job Safety Analysis, to prevent future accidents and injuries. Lagging indicators use data points like Incidents Management and Root Cause Analysis to take a look at past performance and identify what needs improvement. Armed with a holistic view of past performance and future incidents, safety leaders can make informed decisions on how to best improve their workplace safety procedures.
Best Practices for Using Data and Analytics to Improve Your Safety Program
The reports you need to make data-driven decisions about your safety programs will adequately equip you to maintain a safe and healthy workforce.
Configure your reports to align with both your business setup (locations, departments, lines of business, etc) and your existing safety processes.
Use a mix of leading and lagging indicators to get a holistic view of your safety procedures’ past, present, and future effectiveness.
Establish an auditable workflow. Leading and lagging indicators show you what has happened and what may happen, but another vital piece of the puzzle is answering “What’s in process right now?” Put together an established and documented workflow to ensure that all required tasks get completed and nothing slips through the cracks.
Stay on top of your evaluations and keep your safety procedures as effective as possible.
How We Can Help
Take a data-driven approach to safety with KPA. KPA EHS simplifies data visualization and reporting, giving users easy access to actionable insights into their EHS program performance. Your data is presented in real-time, so no delay or extra steps are required to access the information. The dashboards are configured based on features tailored to your business’s unique requirements, giving you the power to make informed decisions that impact workplace safety.
With KPA EHS, you can:
- Visualize EHS program data including metrics, top issues, and compliance percentages in a single view
- Generate flexible reports and quickly develop executive-level summaries and reports
- Improve overall safety performance with the insights provided by KPA EHS reporting.
Let KPA show you how to take a data-driven approach to your safety program.