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ASSE’s Boston Symposium to Focus on Evaluating/Communicating Safety Performance

Posted in on Mon, Jul 18, 2011

DES PLAINES, IL (July 15, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) ‘Prove It! by Measuring Safety Performance’  symposium scheduled for this November 17-18 in Cambridge, MA,  aims to help attendees learn how to produce ‘leading indicator’ tools aimed at increasing their abilities to prevent workplace injuries.


Helping lead the key discussions will be two Boston occupational safety professional leaders –the Boston Globe’s Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs Anthony R. Schiavi, CSP, P.E., ARM, and Environmental, Health and Safety Associate Director, Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health Garrett Burke, CSP.

The symposium will look at evaluating safety performance; using metrics and analytics to improve workplace safety; integrating safety leading indicators with an organization’s performance goals; and, how to prepare and deliver safety program performance reports for senior management


Leading indicators is a tool occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals use to enhance workplace safety programs, ASSE President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, noted recently in an ASSE article. Norris noted that leading indicator activities can include: job task analysis; incident investigation; supervisor safety coaching; evaluating safety performance as part of annual performance appraisals; safety inspections; risk management program assessments; and more. The status of these activities can be an indication of an entity’s risk management performance Norris noted.


Leading indicators will be the focus of the Boston ASSE symposium. Lagging/trailing indicators include post incident information like injury severity rates, claims per $100 in payroll, number of injuries and illnesses, average cost per claim and more. Norris noted the analysis of losses may provide a focus for the entity’s safety and health or its liability programs, but it does not drive improvement.


In his Thursday session, the Boston Globe’s Schiavi will discuss using safety audits as a leading indicator. He notes that the results provide a body of knowledge for the development of leading indicators. He will also discuss how the Globe implemented a system using safety audit data and it reduced their organization’s total recordable and lost-time injuries by 80 percent resulting in a multi-million dollar savings.


On Friday, Harvard’s Burke will discuss the business case for safety and how evaluating the results of management systems for integration of safety into business goals are a key to improving safety.


In addition to 15 sessions on all aspects of the topic provided by top corporate and safety professionals from Boston and around the country, the symposium also features two key presentations. Miles Ewing, principal of Deloitte Consulting, of Seattle, WA, will discuss how to construct high-quality leading indicators specific to safety during his Thursday keynote presentation. Harold S. Resnick, Ed.D., CEO of Work Systems Associates of Ponte Vera Beach, FL, and a recognized authority and innovator in organizational transformation, will discuss a process for using the safety knowledge one can capture through performance measurement tools to make that data work for safety.


The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Cambridge, MA. Attendees will receive 1.2 CEUs/COCs. To register please go to


Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  The ASSE Boston Chapter was formed in 1924.  ASSE’s more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education.  For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to





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