Reaching Health & Safety Related Goals
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'll discuss that technique here.
Previously we determined that three factors play a
role in calculating the success of your injury &
illness prevention initiatives:
employees worked for the company;
How many hours
were worked by those employees; and
was the employer in
We also learned how
to determine your "Incidence Rate" and your "DART
Rate", which is based on the first two bullet items.
If you missed that discussion simply
follow this link and you can review
that discussion. You'll also be able to download the
I&I Calculator if you have not already.
What benchmarks are available?
The Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS) is a group that performs
statistical analysis for the government, including
OSHA. The BLS will conduct a random sampling of
various organizations within all industries to
determine the average injury & illness incidence
rate along with the DART rate.
These findings are
documented and available to us.
Note on industry classifications:
Beginning with the 2003 reference year, the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses began
using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
Prior to 2003, the survey used the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.
You likely are familiar with your SIC code, but now we must cross-reference the NAICS.
The latest BLS data can be viewed by following this link.
You'll likely find that your industry is easy to find by simply reviewing the left hand column.
If your NAICS number is not clear by reviewing the list, you can do a quick search using the BLS.
Simply follow this link.
identify the Incidence rate and DART
for your industry it becomes very easy to compare
your rates. If you rates are lower than average,
well that would be a good sign. If your number are
higher than average, you should be concerned. OSHA
is looking at these number too! They have determined
that organizations with elevated rates will be
targeted for random inspections.
One last note
Even if you incidence
rates are below average for your industry, you may
still have reason for concern. How have you done
when benchmarking your organization against itself?
Have you noticed a trend upward in injuries and
illnesses. Each year as you benchmark yourself
against other similar industries, you should also be
benchmarking against your past results. What you
find may be encouraging (your safety initiatives
have been successful) or discouraging (your safety
initiatives are not working).
Either way you'll
know exactly where you are in relation to your
Incidence and DART rates and you'll have a better
idea of how to conduct business moving forward.
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