About Due Diligence Index - Safety (DDI-S)
Officers of an organisation have due diligence obligations to provide a safe and healthy working environment for individuals who are influenced by their activities and are required to provide an environment free from injury and illness throughout their facilities and across all activities. To enable this objective it is prudent to establish measurable objectives and targets to ensure continued improvement aimed at the elimination of work-related injury and illness.
Organisations are required to implement a governance framework that delivers compliance with all relevant health and safety legislation, best practice standards and other requirements relevant to the organisation’s activities. These compliance activities should be supported by defining and describing health and safety expectations, accountabilities, responsibilities, obligations, and duties.
The new high-performance measure - Due Diligence Index - Safety (DDI-S) is a performance measurement tool, developed as a collaboration project by Art of Work and Clyde and Co. designed to bring together high-performance organisations in a collaborative program to build a new standard in due diligence governance.
The DDS-S index formulates new board-level safety performance measures that inform and guide board members and executives (and anyone else who may be deemed an “officer”) as to the state of safety in their organisation, as well as provide them with tools to meet their statutory due diligence obligations. In particular, the due diligence index facilitates safe decision making within a company and ameliorates the deficiencies that arise when relying solely on existing safety indicators such as Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rates (TRIFR), Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates (LTIFR), Lost Time Injury Rates (LTIR) and Medical Treated Injury Rates (MTR).
The DDI-S is built from aggregating algorithms that produce a single metric output, thereby simplifying the interpretation of the underlying data for the leadership team. Furthermore, the index can be calibrated to the performance requirements of the leadership team, enabling continuing development of performance expectations. The index will be visualised as a dashboard with the ability to drill into underlying performance metrics.
While traditional safety is focused on managing constraints and preventing deviations, the enabling safety engages organisational focus on understanding and addressing what helps and hinders work, safety performance and resilience to variation.
Improving safety by aligning organisational strengths requires a shift from constraint to enabling as many things as possible to go right under varying conditions and circumstances.
To measure the presence of a capacity to succeed, the measurement tool used by us is ResiliScore® which measures what helps and hinders work. It is a concept that enables dynamic measurement of work as done; giving management real-time metrics for components of work that facilitate success, and those that create points of pressure on the system.
This tool challenges the view of measuring deviations and focuses on understanding performance.
The primary benefits of this measurement tool are.
Increased transparency of organisational experiences
Allows proactive/real time identification of situations of stress and strength
Improved communication and engagement
Focus on improving performance and setting people up for success