"Old" safety programs still approach some things the right way, but in many organizations improvements to safety statistics have plateaued. This means overall safety rates are getting worse. In 2016 OSHA reported a 7% increase in workplace fatalities. This is the highest rate since 2008. Something has to change.
As the concept of a connected workplace takes root in industry, safety needs to become an important part of this digital equation. Nowadays operations move at an increasingly rapid pace. Historical data and lagging indicators can't be the backbone of safety programs without negatively affecting productivity.
Right now the technology exists to deliver real time safety data that can help organizations re-shape their safety programs into a more predictive and proactive model. Industry needs to embrace innovation and a new set of metrics that allow for technology-enabled, next-generation safety programs. These new metrics should center on:
Before we can dive deeply into metrics, though, we need to examine how each person at every level of an organization will engage with and utilize the data. The absolute backbone of a successful connected safety program is the worker.
To learn more about how worker engagement and leading indicators allow individuals at all levels to make better safety decisions, download our new executive brief Redefining Safety Metrics for Industry 4.0.