ASSP recently submitted comments to OSHA in response to the agency’s call for stakeholder input on the use of leading indicators and their impact on workplace safety and health.
In its response, ASSP reiterated its long-standing position that revising the current recordkeeping rule to incorporate more leading indicators would help OSHA develop better information about the causes and prevention of occupational incidents and illnesses. Such a change would also help employers transition away from reliance on lagging indicators such as injury and illness rates to instead focus on using leading indicators to assess and improve safety and health performance.
ASSP also recommended that OSHA review ANSI/ASSP Z16.1-2022, Safety and Health Metrics and Performance Measures, a voluntary consensus standard that promotes the use of leading metrics that assess business impacts such as productivity, quality, worker well-being, recruitment, retention, morale and engagement, absenteeism and company reputation.
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