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OSHA Seeking Comments on Use of Leading Indicators

May 19, 2023
OSHA is asking for stakeholder input on their current use of leading indicators and their impact on managing safety and health management systems.

The agency is considering developing a leading indicators resource and is looking for detailed feedback on how/where they are used at their workplace. OSHA is particularly interested in answers to these questions:

  • What leading indicators do you use?
  • What lagging indicators do you use (e.g., OSHA incident rates)?
  • What leading indicators are, or could be, commonly used in your industry?
  • What metrics do you share with top management?
  • How do you determine the effectiveness of your leading indicators?
  • Do you link your leading indicators to outcome data, such as OSHA incident rates to evaluate results?
  • How could employers be encouraged to use leading indicators in addition to lagging indicators to improve safety management systems?
  • What barriers and challenges have you encountered in using leading indicators?

Read the full list of OSHA’s questions. Submit comments through regulations.gov by July 17. Please reference Docket No. OSHA-2023-0006.

If you wish to share your comments with ASSP to inform the Society's official comment, please complete our survey.

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