Lagging Indicators: Don’t Get Caught Focusing on the Wrong Safety Measures

Yesterday, the Federal Government filed its final report on what caused the 2010 Gulf oil spill. It’s no surprise that there are number of factors that contributed to this disaster. One of which is sure to be a reliance on lagging indicators as a measure of safety. In this latest video blog, Dr. Judy Agnew explains why a reactive approach to safety, such as relying on lagging indicators, fails to identify what can be done to prevent accidents in the first place, and what organizations should focus on instead.


Posted by Judy Agnew, Ph.D.

As senior vice president of safety solutions, Judy spends her time helping clients create sustainable safety cultures. She also helps clients with strategy execution beyond safety, and general management and leadership improvement across cultural and generational differences.