Today, EHS practitioners continue to rely on injury rates, absenteeism, and other lagging metrics despite the growing acceptance of the fact that these failure-focused measures are ineffective in driving continuous improvement efforts. Leading indicators, on the other hand, appear to offer a more useful gauge of EHS activity by providing early warning signs of potential failure and, thus, enabling organizations to identify and correct deficiencies before they mature into accidents and injuries. Among other results, this research finds that management commitment, engagement, understanding, and support are essential to effective EHS performance measurement. Other factors cited as enablers for the implementation of leading indicators were open communication and knowledge sharing, high-quality technology and information systems for data management, linking leading indicators to incentives, and instilling a proactive safety mindset among key staff and stakeholders
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