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PDC 9 - Developing Meaningful, Leading EHS Objectives f​​or your Organization

Management and Leadership​ Track

Advanced | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours 

Sunday, October 29 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Limit 40


There is concern among many EHS management professionals that their programs are measured primarily by ‘lagging’ objectives. This is considered problematic because lagging objectives measure only what has occurred in the past, and do not effectively predict future performance. Therefore, many EHS leaders are searching for ‘good’ leading objectives that they may implement. This workshop is structured to provide a roadmap any organization can use to develop leading objectives that are meaningful, predictive of future performance, and whose achievement adds value to the organization. Building on the tools and concepts we have used to demonstrate EHS Business Value, we will focus on the steps that must be completed in order to develop leading objectives for your EHS organization. This is a hands-on workshop approach where participants will be asked to research and document the key business objectives that their organization has established. Using software tools provided at the workshop, participants will determine the Business Objective Priority, and then use that information to determine which key EHS risk areas are most critical to those objectives. EHS objectives that will reduce the key risks will be defined, and then a provided Strategy Map tool will be used to determine what leading objectives are necessary to achieve that risk reduction. Attendees will leave the class with good examples of leading indicators for their organization, and the tools to continue the process.

*Registration includes boxed lunch.


Participants should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Learning Aids

Attendees must bring a laptop to the course.

Value Added

Each attendee will receive software used in the workshop for their future use.

Course Outline

  • Introductions
  • Overview of Leading and Lagging Objectives
  • Defining the Business Objectives in Your Organization
  • Determining the Business Objective
  • Priority Ranking the Key EHS Risks in Your Organization
  • Developing a ‘Business Objective-Weighted Risk Assessment’
  • Assessing Current Resource Allocation vs. Risks
  • Developing a SMART Objective(s) to Reduce Risk
  • Using the EHS Strategy Map to Determine Leading Objectives
  • Discussion of Results and Future Planning

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct a business objective prioritization workshop with their organizational leadership.
  • Prepare an assessment of key EHS risks in their organization.
  • Create a business objective-weighted risk assessment.
  • Develop good key objectives designed to reduce selected EHS risks.
  • Compare current resource allocations to key EHS risks.
  • Establish an EHS strategy map that defines leading objectives.

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants’ understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises
  • Workshops
  • Group activities​



Name and Bio

David Downs, CIH, CSP, QEP, CPEA, President, EHS Management Partners, LLC, Excelsior, MN.

David has worked in the EHS field for over 45 years, since graduating from Texas A&M University with a BS in Industrial Safety and an MS in Industrial Hygiene. He has worked in industry at 3M Company and Control Data Corporation. His consulting career has includes work at Industrial Health Engineering Associates and Rust E&I, and he has had his own firm, EHS Management Partners, since 1996. He is a CIH and CSP, and former Board Member and President of the AIH Foundation. He created the workshop, "Creation, Measurement and Communication of EHS Business Value" in 2002 and has presented that information over 100 times. ​