Reaching Health & Safety Related Goals
Let's start with a question – Last year one of our
clients had ten recordable injuries. Did they do a
good job or a poor job?
Obviously, that question depends on three factors:
employees worked for the company;
How many hours
were worked by those employees; and
was the employer in
For instance, if
our client employed five people who worked 40 hours
per week, then ten injuries would be a very bad
record. However if the client employed 1,000 people
who worked an average of 40 hours per week, ten
injuries would not be so bad.
ten injuries may be considered high in a low hazard
industry such as a call center. Those same ten
injuries may be considered very low in a high hazard
industry such as construction.
Why is this important?
Because your record
is dependant on these factors and each company
employees a different number of employees, we rarely
speak in terms of how many injuries we had. In fact
OSHA doesn't typically ask "How many injuries did
you have"? Instead, they ask "What is your Injury &
Illness Incident Rate" or "What is your DART rate"?
The incidence rate is
a trending number based on your Injury & Illness
rates if you had worked 200,000 hours. Why does OSHA
use the 200,000 hour benchmark? Quite simply,
200,000 hours are the hours worked by 100 employees,
averaging 40 hours per week over a 50 week span (two
weeks taken away for holidays).
If the total hours
your employees worked is less than 200,000 or more
than 200,000 it doesn't matter, we use this number
to establish a trending benchmark.
What is a DART
The DART rate stands
for "Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers". This
number is also based on trending over 200,000 hours
but its not based on total injuries. Its based only
on those injuries and illnesses severe enough to
warrant "Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers".
As a general rule of
thumb, you want to have a lower DART rate than
How can I
figure my Incidence and DART Rates?
We have developed an
"Incidence Rate Calculator" that easily figures both
your Incidence rate and your DART rate (see example
CLICK HERE to
download the Incidence Rate Calculator
Once you figure your
rates, you now have an easy way to benchmark your
efforts from year to year.
we mentioned the role your industry plays in your
rates. The more dangerous your industry, the higher
your rates are likely to be.
Wouldn't it be nice
to benchmark your organization's rates to other
similar organizations in your industry? You can do
just that and we discuss that on the
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