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    Stakeholder Meeting on Using Leading Indicators To Improve Safety and Health Outcomes
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 189 (Monday, September 30, 2019)]
[Pages 51639-51640]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-21111]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2019-0005]

Stakeholder Meeting on Using Leading Indicators To Improve Safety 
and Health Outcomes

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice of stakeholder meeting.


SUMMARY: OSHA invites interested parties to participate in a 
stakeholder meeting to share information on their use of leading 
indicators to improve safety and health outcomes in the workplace. OSHA 
plans to use the information to create additional tools that may help 
employers with developing and using leading indicators. Participants 
are invited to provide responses to the questions included in this 
notice and share examples of leading indicators that they use to 
improve safety or health performance in their workplaces. This 
information can also be submitted to OSHA in writing. The meeting will 
take place at the Frances Perkins Building (See Address).

DATES: The stakeholder meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
ET on November 7, 2019.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place in Conference Room N-4437 at the 
U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 
    Registration to attend: The deadline for registering to attend the 
meeting is October 30, 2019. Please register online at: https://projects.erg.com/conferences/osha/register-osha-leadingindicators.htm. 
Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Public Comments: You are invited to submit comments that address 
the questions for discussion listed in Section II of this notice. You 
may submit comments and additional materials electronically or by hard 
copy until February 7, 2020.
    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket No. 
OSHA-2019-0005, and follow the instructions for making electronic 
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger or courier service: 
You may submit comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, 
Docket No. 2019-0005, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3508, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the 
OSHA docket number for this Federal Register notice (Docket No. OSHA-
2019-0005). Because of security-related procedures, submissions by 
regular mail may result in a significant delay in receipt. Please 
contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security 
procedures for making submissions by express mail, hand (courier) 
delivery, and messenger service.
    Requests for special accommodations: Please submit requests for 
special accommodations for this stakeholder meeting by October 30, 
2019, to Ms. Gretta Jameson, OSHA, Office of Communications, Room N-
3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, 
DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: jameson.grettah@dol.gov.

    For press inquiries: Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of 
Communications; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: 
    For general and technical information about the meeting: Mr. Mark 
Hagemann, Director, Office of Safety Systems, OSHA, Directorate of 
Standards and Guidance; telephone: (202) 693-2222; email: 
    For copies of this Federal Register notice: Electronic copies of 
this Federal Register document are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This document, as well as news releases and other 
relevant information, also are available on OSHA's web page at http://www.osha.gov.


I. Background

    Many employers track their injury or illness rates using lagging 
indicators. Lagging indicators are useful because they can alert an 
employer to a safety and health program failure that may be causing 
injuries or illnesses. Unfortunately, lagging indicators do not reveal 
hazards until after an injury or illness occurs. Therefore, employers 
should also consider using leading indicators. Leading indicators are 
proactive, preventive, and predictive measures. A good safety and 
health program uses leading indicators to drive change and lagging 
indicators to measure effectiveness. The agency has published a 
guidance document that provides an overview of leading indicators and 
illustrates a systematic method for using leading indicators.

II. Questions for Consideration

    To elicit feedback on these issues, OSHA is requesting comment from 
interested parties regarding the following questions. Case studies, 
real world examples, and any data to support the responses is 
     To what extent are leading indicators used in your 
     Do you use leading indicators as a preventative tool for 
fixing workplace hazards, or as a tool for improving performance of 
your safety and health program?
     What leading indicators are most important in your 
workplace? Why were these indicators chosen?
     How do you determine the effectiveness of your leading 
indicators? How do you track your leading indicators?
     What leading indicators are, or could be, commonly used in 
your industry?
     What challenges, if any, have you encountered using 
leading indicators?
     How many employees are at your facility, and how many are 
involved in tracking leading indicators?
     How has the use of leading indicators changed the way you 
manage your safety and health program or other business operations?
     What should OSHA do to encourage employers to use leading 
indicators in addition to lagging indicators to improve safety 

III. Meeting Format

    The meeting will be a roundtable discussion of the questions posed 
by OSHA. Participants should focus on answering the questions provided 
in this notice. OSHA expects this to be a facilitated group discussion. 
Written comments may be provided to OSHA at
the conclusion of the meeting, or as a follow-up to the meeting.

Authority and Signature

    Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, authorized the preparation of this 
notice under the authority granted by sections 4, 6, and 8 of the 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657), 
and Secretary's Order 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), (Jan. 25, 2012).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on September 24, 2019.
Loren Sweatt,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety 
and Health.
[FR Doc. 2019-21111 Filed 9-27-19; 8:45 am]