Who Else Tracks Workforce Data for Injury Prevention, Health, and Safety?


There was an article on LinkedIn discussing employee risk prevention and vision problems specifically. It reminded us of our earlier work with Workforce Asset Management Book of Knowledge (WAMBOK), John Wiley and Sons 2013.

Look at your workforce data

The energy and manufacturing industries have long struggled with safety, risk, and fatigue management. They offer a variety of training and education programs, but tracking those alone is not enough. To be proactive in protecting our workforce, we need to look at our workforce data.

For fatigue, employers look at weekly hours worked, consecutive shifts, error rates, and other time and labor data points to understand how and where their employees work. If employees have more errors on their 4th or 5th consecutive night shift, employers might limit the number of consecutive shifts or late night shifts to prevent these errors.

Tracking more than just time

The article mentions the risk of exposure to toxic substances, UV light, or radiation, etc. Other than offering and tracking training completion, we suggest that employers track the particular jobs and activities that expose employees to these things. Employers can use codes (job codes, pay codes, etc.) or particular activity assignments to track how frequently or for how long employees were working in these dangerous areas or with hazardous substances and flag them in manager dashboards so that they can immediately respond, react, or readjust.

If we only use quarterly refreshers and report on simply completing compliance training, we aren’t being proactive. We have a wealth of real-time data available to us every day that can help us predict (and therefore prevent) injuries and errors. The challenge is how you will act (or react) when you realize the realities of your practices and programs…