Tracking Training-Related EHS Leading Indicators

tracking-training-related-EHS-leading-indicatorsIn a recent article on EHS leading indicators, we touched on the topic of training-related EHS leading indicators. Meaning, stuff directly related to EHS training that can be used as a leading indicator for measuring general EHS performance at a company.

Since we’re a training company and offer a lot of EHS training solutions, we thought we’d double-back to that issue and show you how you can track some of those EHS leading indicators that are related to EHS training.

By tracking these, along with other EHS leading indicators, you can really begin to gather meaningful and actionable data about the performance of your EHS management system as a whole.

EHS Training-Related EHS Leading Indicators

OK, let’s get a few terms straight before we dive in.

First, what’s an EHS leading indicator?

An EHS leading indicator is something you can measure now that might help you identify, eliminate, and/or control risks that could lead to injuries, illnesses, or other workplace incidents in the future.

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Here’s how the National Security Council’s Campbell Library puts it:

“proactive, preventative, and predictive measures that monitor and provide current information about the effective performance, activities, and processes of an EHS management system that drive the identification and elimination or control of risks in the workplace that can cause incidents and injuries.” (1)

Next, what do we mean by EHS leading indicators that are training-related?

We’re talking about things related to EHS training at your worksite that can be used as EHS leading indicators.

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This can include but is not limited to:

  • The number of EHS training activities/programs completed
  • The percentage of EHS training activities/programs completed (as opposed to intended or assigned)
  • Percentage of “compliant” workers
  • Number of training hours per employee/business unit/site/company/time period
  • Number of incidents with a root cause that includes lack of appropriate EHS training
  • Number of certified EHS trainers
  • Dollars spent on training per time period
  • Percentage of new employees who complete new employee safety orientation per time period
  • Percentage of employees who complete job-specific safety training per time period
  • Average scores on post-training employee reaction surveys
  • Average test scores on EHS training tests

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Tracking EHS Training-Related EHS Leading Indicators

Now that we know we EHS leading indicators are, and what are some that are related to EHS training, let’s take a closer look at how you can track these over time to identify positive or negative trends.

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You can access this information from several different sources. For example:

EHS Incident Investigation Records and/or Tracking System

If you keep records of incident investigations (and you should), or if you have an automated system that does that for you, you can find the following training-related information there:

  • Number of incidents with a root cause that includes lack of appropriate EHS training

EHS Management and/or EHS Training Management Records

If you keep records for your EHS management system and/or if you have a system that automates this for you (again, you should), you may find the following information there:

  • Number of certified EHS trainers
  • Dollars spent on training per time period
  • Average scores on post-training employee reaction surveys

EHS Training Management System/Learning Management System (LMS)

If you keep records of your EHS training and/or if you have a system that automates that for you, you may find the following information there:

  • The number of EHS training activities/programs completed
  • The percentage of EHS training activities/programs completed (as opposed to intended or assigned)
  • Percentage of “compliant” workers
  • Number of training hours per employee/business unit/site/company/time period
  • Percentage of new employees who complete new employee safety orientation per time period
  • Percentage of employees who complete job-specific safety training per time period
  • Average test scores on EHS training tests

Let’s take a quick look at what each of these might look like if you track them over time. You can get this information by going to your EHS training management system and running a report or perhaps by exporting the data from that system and inputting the data into Excel.

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Because we assume you’re all doing a great job with your EHS programs, our examples will all trend up. 🙂

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The number of EHS training activities/programs completed

Why is this a useful EHS leading indicator? Because presumably, if you’re training workers about safety more, they’ll be safer workers. Which should mean you’ll have fewer incidents in the future.

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The percentage of EHS training activities/programs completed (as opposed to intended or assigned)

Why is this a useful EHS leading indicator? Same logic as above. We’re just slicing and dicing the information a little differently. This may help you identify training gaps that just looking at the number of trainings may not.

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Percentage of “compliant” workers

Why is this a useful EHS leading indicator? Again, same logic as above (more training should mean safer workers). Just another way to look at the data, which gives you another chance to identify any gaps the other views wouldn’t offer.

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Number of training hours per employee/business unit/site/company/time period

Why is this a useful EHS leading indicator? Same idea as earlier–more training, safer workers. Just another view, which may help you identify a gap the earlier views might not.

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Percentage of new employees who complete new employee safety orientation per time period

Why is this a useful EHS leading indicator? This is a little different than the other views we’ve shown you. New workers can be more prone to being involved in safety incidents because they’re not as aware of the hazards as other workers are. So this may be an especially important thing to track.

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Percentage of employees who complete job-specific safety training per time period

Why is this a useful EHS leading indicator? This is similar to the graph above, but the logic is applied differently. Just as completely new hires at less likely to know all the risk of the job, when a current employee moves to a new job, he or she may not be aware of risks relevant to that job. So again, this may be especially useful data to track.

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Average test scores on EHS training tests

Why is this a useful EHS leading indicator? Training completed is good, but this gives you a better “window” into whether or not people are understanding that training, which is maybe even better.

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Using an EHS Training Management System/Learning Management System (LMS) to Track EHS Leading Indicators

How did we get all this data in the section above, you ask?

We pulled it out of a learning management system (LMS), an online software system you can use to administer any kind of training, including EHS training.

Convergence Training makes four different learning management systems (LMSs) that are useful for administering EHS training. They are:

  • Enterprise LMS: Our “flagship” LMS–flexible, powerful, robust, and capable of administering training at multiple sites
  • Express LMS: our “stripped down” LMS–best for smaller companies
  • MSHA LMS: The same as our Enterprise LMS but with some additional features for MSHA mining safety training compliance
  • Contractor LMS: for administering site-specific safety orientations to visitors, vendors, and contractors

You may find either of these short video introductions to our LMSs helpful and informative:

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Conclusion: EHS Training Data as EHS Leading Indicators

Hopefully that gave you a good idea of how you can use this kind of data as EHS leading indicators, and how you can collect/gather and visualize it.

What are your own thoughts? What EHS training-related data do you track as an EHS leading indicator?

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Notes:

(1) Transforming EHS Performance Measurement through Leading Indicators, Campbell Institute/NSC, p. 2.

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. Jeff has worked in education/training for more than twenty years and in safety training for more than ten. You can follow Jeff at LinkedIn as well.

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