In Part I of this 2-part series, we discussed commonly used strategies that may be used to target Reduction of Frequency. Specifically; how health and safety management software has encouraged many organizations to refocus and rededicate their current-state EHS training management system. Also, continuous improvement efforts have greatly enhanced traditional approaches with the digitization of behavior-based safety software applications. All of these are significant contributors on the path of frequency reduction – but a focus on severity reduction may be approached in an entirely different manner.
As a Safety professional, I have been on both sides of this question and different arguments are presented by different stakeholders.
- Should your organization have a risk function that operates autonomously from the EH&S Function, the debate may be more focused on reduction of severity.
- Should EH&S align with an operational component, the benchmark may be slanted towards reduction of frequency.
Workplace safety best practices are often intangible characteristics that employees take on as their own, so it makes sense that there are a few misconceptions floating around.
When there's not an exact science as to how to keep employees safe, there's bound to be confusion about what's true and what isn't. We're here to clear a few things up for you.
Keeping up with compliance changes is difficult in most industries, but making sure employees receive new, applicable information is even more challenging.