Small Packaging Increases Focus on Leading Indicators for 2019 Balanced Scorecard

Kimberly BraamMauser News, Safety, Small Packaging

Small Packaging has introduced self-audits as an important metric for the 2019 Balanced Scorecard. Self-audits aim to ensure compliance with government regulations while preventing accidents, injuries, and negative environmental impact.

The Small Packaging balanced scorecard provides EHS measurements for each facility based on a blend of lagging and leading indicators with greater emphasis placed on leading indicators. In 2019, 50% of small packaging scorecard points will come from audits of selected EHS programs and topics. Audits will focus on leading measures and activities that enable facilities to take preventative steps toward implementing change and developing behaviors that will avert incidents before they happen. Facilities completing the audits have the opportunity to improve their score throughout the year as they correct identified hazards and address instances of non-conformance.

When a facility conducts a self-audit within the EHS Insight Audit and Inspection module, it provides an opportunity to actively engage employees in the audit process as well as the assignment of specific safety tasks and corrective action. The inclusion of employees in the process results in an increased level of ownership for the programs that foster a safe and compliant workplace.

According to Allen Coppolo, Environmental Health & Safety Director for Small Packaging, "The strategy is to audit one required program each month to ensure we are in compliance with applicable governmental regulations and company policy. This is also a critical step in meeting the requirements of the OSHA Settlement Agreement.  Self-audits allow us to manage regulatory compliance in an organized fashion."​

What are leading and lagging indicators?
Simply put, lagging indicators focus on accidents and injuries whereas leading indicators focus on safety and loss-prevention processes.

​​Mauser Packaging Solutions recognizes that lagging indicators are not an effective measurement by themselves as we seek continuous improvement towards a positive safety culture. ​