How understanding your DART rate gives you something to aim for.

There are a variety of ways to track your progress with safety; days without injury, the amount of employees who have completed training and, of course, how many overall injuries your company experiences in a month or year. One statistic that OSHA keeps track of, and therefore you should too, is your DART rate.

What does DART stand for?

DART rate stands for days away, restrictions or transfers. The higher the amount of incidents that require days away from work, job restrictions or job transfers, the higher your DART rate will be. OSHA uses your DART rate and your incident rate to statistically compare your company’s workplace safety performance with that of other businesses. This helps them identify workplaces with high rates of injury and illness.

Why is this rate so important?

Like your incidence rate, which is based on how many incidents per year per 100 employees you have, your DART rate gives an idea to how well your company is performing in workplace safety. If your business is considered to have a high DART rate compared to others in your industry, it can be included on OSHA’s primary target list, or “hit list.” The businesses on this list are principal targets for a comprehensive OSHA inspection.

How do I determine my company’s DART rate?

To calculate the DART rate, first you’ll need to find out the total number of injuries that required at least one day away from work or restricted or transferred work. The number of injuries is multiplied by 200,000, which represents 100 employees working 40 hours a week, for 50 weeks. Then that number is divided by the total number of employee labor hours at your company. The overall formula looks like this:

DART rate = Total number of DART incidents x 200,000 divided by the Number of Employee Labor Hours Worked

If your rate is high, you may be able to defer an inspection if your company finds yourself in this position if you do one of the following.

  • Your business has an OSHA Strategic Partnership
  • Your organization is taking part in an On-Site Consultation Program
  • Your organization is an applicant for a Voluntary Protection Program
  • Your organization is in the process of meeting Safety and Health Achievement RecognitionProgram (SHARP) requirements.

If your organization is participating in one of these organizations, you may be able to get an inspection deferral for 75 days to 18 months.

Calculating and taking notice of your DART rate is a good way to monitor how your business is doing on safety compared to years past, as well. Setting a goal of lower DART and incidence rates can help set a benchmark for risk and safety managers.

Reducing or having a low DART rate starts with managing the risks that lead to incidents that result in days away, restricted or even transferred employment.  Accidents don’t happen in a vacuum.  At Robertson Insurance & Risk Management we look at all of your risk, not just the ones that can be handled by writing a check to an insurance company.  Our strategic plans have reduced accident rates by 50% in certain industries.  Give me a call or reply to my blog to know more.

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