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Track Leading Indicators From All Three Broad Categories

By February 26, 2018November 19th, 2020No Comments

The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council has published many research reports on leading indicators. One of them, Practical Guide to Leading Indicators: Metrics, Case Studies & Strategies, includes a matrix of key leading indicators, their definitions and associated metrics. The matrix represents a collaborative benchmarking effort on the part of Institute member organizations.

The report categorizes leading indicators. Here are the three types along with definitions and examples from the report:


Indicators that are relevant to the functioning of an organization’s infrastructure (e.g. machinery, operations); potentially site-specific. Examples include:


Indicators that relate more to the management of a Safety Management System; can be rolled up from a facility level to a region/business unit or corporate level. Examples include:


Indicators that measure the behavior or actions of individuals or groups in the workplace; people-to-people interactions related to supervision and management; useful at site-specific level through management level. Examples include:

Pages 14-18 of the report include the full matrix with descriptions and associated metrics for each of the leading indicators mentioned above.

Take into Account All Three Categories

All three categories should be represented in the set of leading indicators selected and tracked by your organization, and ideally there should be a balance between the three. But because each organization is unique and there are differences between industries, what constitutes an ideal balance will vary. The key is to consider all three categories and make sure that they are well represented for your type of organization.

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