A Practical Approach to World-Class EHS Leading Indicators: Cross-Industry Lessons from the Best of the Best

Tuesday | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Management, Safety

Presenter: J. Dony, Campbell Institute, Itasca, IL.

The “Holy Grail” or “Silver Bullet” approach to problem-solving is appealing for a reason – who wouldn’t want to be able to use the same solution for every issue that arises? Yet in the field of environmental, health, safety, and sustainability (EHS) leading indicators, this approach has been proven time and again to be impractical or even damaging to performance. While one size does not fit all when it comes to leading indicators, research conducted by the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council has shown that robust leading metrics do share common critical characteristics. What’s more, these indicators can be classified into a taxonomy that helps all organizations better conceptualize their implementation, use, and iteration. This research, involving organizations in diverse industries worldwide, also indicates that there are many similarities in the enabling factors that drive the effective use of leading indicators – as well as similarities in the barriers to their implementation. As the next phase in this long-term ongoing study, EHS executives and experts from Campbell Institute member organizations have shared a wealth of practical leading indicator information – from general categories of data collected to specific metrics that have made a profound impact on their EHS performance. This session will provide an overview of the concepts behind this approach, as well as specific metrics and case studies all organizations can put to use.