Understanding your company’s safety performance rating and the measurements behind it is the first step to improving your internal safety program and keeping your team safe. To get started, here’s a breakdown of the safety indicators you should know and tips to improve them:
Safety Performance Metrics and How to Calculate Them
- TRIR – The Total Recordable Incident Rate is the total number of recorded incidents your company had in a year x 200,000 (the OSHA standard annual hours) / divided by the total number of hours all employees worked that year. The goal is to keep TRIR numbers at zero. Below one is considered very good. Higher the scores mean more OSHA inspections, higher insurance premiums and push back from customers, employees and vendors, and, likely, lost business.
- Compare your TRIR score to your industry’s average score here.
- DART – Days, Away, Restricted or Transferred, is calculated by the number of incidents in which employees were absent from work, restricted from certain work-related tasks, or permanently transferred because of a workplace illness or injury x 200,000 / divided by the total number of hours all employees worked that year. Similar to TRIR, higher DART numbers come with additional and avoidable costs.
- Calculate your company’s TRIR and DART scores here.
- EMR – The Experience Modification Rate, is used to determine the pricing of your worker compensation insurance premiums based on your workers’ compensation claims for the previous three years. It can be calculated a few ways, but like TRIR and DART, the lower the score the better.
Maintaining a Safe Workplace and Improving Your Scores
If over the last couple years your TRIR, DART and EMR scores have increased instead of decreased, then it’s time to take a close look at your safety program. Use these safety performance tips for some easy way to improve your company’s safety on the job.