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Best Practices for EHS Performance Improvement

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on November 30, 2017 at 8:33 AM

Are EHS and performance improvement top priorities for your organization? These factors shouldn’t be taken lightly, nor should you ever assume you’re doing all you can to make your company a safe place to work.

Even award-winning companies known for solid EHS programs aren’t resting on their laurels. To become the best, you must first realize there’s always a way to improve.

When you’re reviewing your EHS KPIs for the year, consider these best practices for EHS performance improvement for 2018.

#1 – Combine Insights from Every Area

Your EHS program likely consists of several moving parts: employee training, audits, inspections, workplace observations, compliance, permits—the list goes on. If you’re using different software to monitor and manage each one, you’re able to quickly retrieve data about individual components.

But the sum of these pieces is greater than the parts.

When you start connecting dots between your EHS components, you’re better able to discover how actions relate to other actions. This can give you deeper insight into what’s happening in your department, and better position you to make the right improvements.

#2 – View Your EHS Program from Different Perspectives

Try as you might, you just can’t be everywhere at once. What your workers in the plant see on a daily basis can greatly vary from what the field workers experience. Leadership teams and contractors won’t encounter the same occurrences.

If you want to know how you can make impactful improvements, go straight to the sources. Ask workers in a variety of positions for their feedback on what’s working and what’s not, and what would make them feel safer on the job.

#3 – Review Your KPIs

Every EHS department has their own KPIs: lost time due to injury, number of incidents, etc. Are you measuring the right ones, though?

If you’re focused solely on lagging indicators, such as lost time because of injury, you could be discouraging employees to report incidents. Or, they may force themselves to come to work when they should have stayed home.

Instead, consider revamping your KPIs to give a more realistic view of your EHS performance. Leading indicators like near misses, safety audits, and team safety meetings are equally important to your EHS program and can offer more realistic insight into your program’s performance.

In Closing

No matter how fine-tuned you believe your EHS program to be, understand there are always ways you can make it better. Talk to us today to discover how the right EHS management software solution can help you make 2018 your best year yet.

Topics: Performance Improvement, EHS Management, EHS Software

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