Metrics That Matter – Building a Balanced Set of Health Metrics Webinar Recording

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021 - Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EDT)
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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Learn how you can implement leading health metrics to reduce health risks and improve your health protection program.

All well-run OEHS programs use metrics as part of their program management toolbox.

Traditionally, lagging indicators of health and safety in the workplace have been the most commonly used tools to indicate if health hazards, exposure prevention, and health-related risks are leading to injury and illness. Lagging metrics measure after-the-fact occurrences such as injury and illness rates and illness or disease prevalence. Such lagging metrics are not preventive, as worker health has already been adversely impacted.

Alternatively, leading metrics can assist with predicting and influencing health and safety performance. Leading metrics that focus on disease prevention and health preservation are not as prevalent as those that focus on health-related outcomes (i.e., illnesses). To fill the gap caused by too few leading health indicators, AIHA and the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) developed and published a Best Practice Guide for Leading Health Metrics in Occupational Health and Safety Programs.

This webinar will expand upon the concepts outlined and share a case study of leading health metrics applied to an OEHS program.

Join us to discuss the:

  • Value of leading health metrics to organizations
  • Implementation of leading health metrics to reduce health risks
  • Correlation of a balanced set of health metrics using numerators and denominators from valid data sets
  • Identification and use of leading health metrics appropriate to an organization’s operations

Who Will Benefit

Occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals who are familiar with the concepts of leading and lagging indicators of OEHS program performance and are interested in better managing their health protection and promotion programs.

Learning Objectives 

  • Identify indicators of occupational health and safety performance that fit the AIHA/CSHS definition of a leading health metric.
  • Develop a balanced set of leading health metrics related to the prevention of an adverse health outcome.
  • Develop a balanced set of leading health metrics related to the promotion of a Total Worker Health® related outcome.
  • Inform others about the value of leading health metrics to health protection and health promotion.


Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA is the president of EHS Systems Solutions LLC, chair of the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee, current Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) chair, and a past Board member of AIHA. Alan led the development of the first U.S. national standard on EHS management systems, ANSI Z10, and his practice focuses on assisting organizations with strategic management issues. He is an author of several related chapters in Patty’s Industrial Hygiene and the AIHA publication, The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management, 3rd edition.

Paul Esposito, CIH, CSP is president of STAR Consultants, Inc., a management systems and culture based safety consulting company. He is an internationally recognized speaker and instructor with expertise in leading metrics, strategic planning, culture development, and risk assessment. He is formally certified as an ISO 45001 auditor with 40 years of experience in organizational occupational health and safety.

Paul F. Wambach, CIH (retired) worked for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) headquarter offices since 1980 on assignments ranging from policy development and oversight to health studies. One of his projects at the DOE was the Beryllium-Associated Worker Registry, which collects, analyzes, and reports health and exposure data created through the operation of Department of Energy chronic beryllium disease (CBD) prevention programs. Mr. Wambach has over 30 years of experience in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene.

Stephen W. Hemperly, CIH, CSP, CLSO, FAIHA is an advisory industrial hygienist with Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in San Jose, CA. Having worked for federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA, an industrial hygiene consulting firm, a large health maintenance organization, and IBM®, his occupational health and safety experience spans more than 40 years.

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