The safety and health profession has been hindered by ineffective metrics for decades, with the primary metrics of choice being the OSHA incident rate and lost time accident rate. This narrow focus on what constitutes loss is not in line with the new concepts of managing the total risk that an organization faces. The book looks at indicators on a tactical level where they can be very effective in providing management with clear direction and "manageable" items they can do to promote the safety efforts of an organization. It also explores the limitations of leading indicators at the strategic level and how they’re tied into the management merit review system to determine bonus and salary increase structure. It features measurements of areas of loss not usually considered by safety managers, suggests ways to use leading indicators and promotes a departure from traditional "body count" thinking.
This book will be of interest to safety professionals involved in risk management in the modern workplace.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1- We Manage What We Measure
Chapter 2- A History of 20th Century Safety Metrics
Chapter 3- The "Body Count" Dilemma
Chapter 4- Using Data Properly; Preventing Garbage In, Garbage Out
Chapter 5- Leading Indicators- Where Do They Fit?
Chapter 6- Using Lagging Indicators Effectively
Chapter 7- Value Metrics- The Future of Measurement
Chapter 8- The Balanced Scorecard
Chapter 9- Selling Management on Metrics that Define Success
Chapter 10- The Use of Metrics in Modern Safety Management Systems and Global Initiatives
Chapter 11- Redefining the Safety Professional’s Role in the New World of Measuring Risk
Gary Lopez is an accomplished safety professional with over 40 years of safety and risk management experience in the manufacturing, construction and insurance industries.
Gary has spent the majority of his career in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Gary served in a variety of management positions starting out at the plant level and working his way up to the corporate executive level. Gary has experience in operations safety, prevention through design, and instituting safety management systems in the chemical and pharma industries. As part of his executive duties Gary was one of the first to combine the safety, security, insurance and industrial hygiene functions into one department that took a holistic view of managing risk for the organization. As part of these responsibilities Gary recognized the need to develop metric systems that measured the success of safety and risk performance in all areas of risk within the locations he was responsible for in his position.
Gary is a graduate of West Virginia University with Master’s Degree in Safety. Gary is a Certified Safety Professional, a Fellow of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), is a recipient of two Culbertson Awards from the ASSP as well as a recipient of the Bresnahan Medal for standards development. Gary is also a recipient of the National Safety Council’s highest award, the Distinguished Service to Safety (DSS) award. Gary also chaired the Chemical Section executive committee when they won the Cameron Award.
In addition to these accomplishments Gary was also heavily involved in the Chemical Manufacture’s Association, (Now the American Chemical Council) development of the Responsible Care ™ Program, chairing the committee that drafted the Safety and Health Code and the CAER Exercise Guide.
Currently Gary is President of Risky Biz Services Inc. and is also employed by Gallagher Risk Management Services.
Gary resides in Weston, Florida.