Is Your Safety Program Healthy?

Publication: Safety at Work
Issue: April/May/June 2015

There seemingly would be many indicators that a safety program is working well or healthy, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In many instances, safety performance is narrowed down to a basic indicator – a ‘check engine’ equivalent – known as the injury rate. The problem with metrics is that they are only “proxies” (i.e. substitutions) of the overall health of your safety processes, and yet they take on a life of their own. Instead of focusing on managing the safety system based on performance, the focus centers on the metric instead. Injury rate tells us where we do not want to be, but does not necessarily give us direction on how to improve. There are better indicators available to us than just the injury rate. View the full article here.


Cary Usrey

Written by Cary Usrey

Cary Usrey has been at Predictive Solutions since March 2007. As a Process Improvement Leader, Cary is responsible for implementing best practices for customers seeking to prevent worker injuries. He coaches customers through an assessment, goal-setting, and goal measurement process that is designed to maximize safety improvement and widespread organizational engagement, from the field to leadership. Cary started his career in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program. After leaving the Navy, he served as the Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Director at Adirondack Resource Recovery Associates, a waste-to-energy power plant in upstate New York, where he was employed for over twelve years. Following this, Cary took a position with Turner Construction, where he served as the Business Unit Safety Director for the upstate New York office for approximately three years. Cary has graduated with his Associate's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado, is a member of the Central FL chapter of the ASSE, and has served on the Board of Directors for the VPPPA (Region II).

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