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20 Questions to Make Sure You Measure What Matters

20 Questions to Make Sure You Measure What Matters

Achieving a truly safe workplace extends beyond compliance—it requires a strategic approach focused on selecting and improving key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned with your organization’s safety goals.

But how do you know how to effectively measure what matters in your safety program? We’ve got 20 questions that should help guide your way. By asking yourself these targeted questions, we’ll uncover strategies for ensuring your safety metrics are relevant, practical, and capable of driving significant improvements in workplace safety.

Whether you’re developing a new safety program or refining existing metrics, the insights you gain from these questions will guide you towards a more effective and impactful approach.

Alignment with Safety Objectives

  • Do the KPIs I’m considering align with our overarching safety objectives?
  • How do they support our vision of a safe workplace?

SMART Criteria

Balance of Indicators

  • Have I achieved a balanced mix of leading and lagging indicators?
  • Have I selected a manageable number of KPIs, ideally fewer than ten, that truly align with my safety objectives?
  • How can I ensure that my safety program doesn’t solely focus on reactive measures?

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Employee Engagement

  • How do the chosen KPIs encourage employee participation and engagement in our safety program?
  • Do they empower employees to take an active role in safety measures?

Practicality and Relevance

  • Are the KPIs practical and relevant to our specific workplace context?
  • Do they address the unique risks and safety challenges we face?

Avoiding Unintended Consequences

  • Have I considered the potential for unintended consequences in choosing these KPIs?
  • How can I mitigate such risks?

Measuring the Right Things

Continuous Improvement

  • How will I use the data gathered from these KPIs to drive continuous improvement in our safety program?
  • What mechanisms are in place for regularly reviewing and adjusting KPIs?

Cultural Fit

  • Do these KPIs fit within the existing culture of our organization?
  • How can they help to foster a culture of safety?

Technology and Tools

Reflecting on these questions can help you refine your approach to measuring safety performance, ensuring that their KPIs are not only effective but also actively contribute to creating a safer workplace.

Monitoring Safety Program KPIs is easier with solid EHS software in your team’s hands.

KPA 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.

Let KPA show you how to take a data-driven approach to safety.


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