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Posted on 05/09/2012, by Jeremy Edsall

What’s Your Businesses DART Rate

Each year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) surveys employers to collect workplace injury and illness data. This year 14,800 workplaces were identified as having the highest Days Away from Work, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rates. This means that workers in these establishments are being injured at a higher rate than in most other businesses in the country.

An elevated DART rate does not necessarily indicate that your establishment has a lack of interest in safety and health.

If your establishment has been identified as having a high DART rate there are some ways that you can obtain assistance in addressing the hazards in your workplace. Whatever the cause, a high rate is costly to your company in both personal and financial terms. In addition, you should be aware that OSHA may target up to 2,500 general industry workplaces identified in the survey for inspection in the next year.

Many employers lack expertise in the field of workplace safety and health and welcome assistance by experts in this field.

You may wish to consider:

• Hiring an outside safety and health consultant
• Talking with your insurance carrier
• Contacting your state’s workers’ compensation agency for advice.
• Have your workers help identify hazards and find solutions.
• If applicable have your union discuss how to reduce hazards in your workplace.

An excellent way for employers with 250 or fewer workers to address safety and health is to ask for assistance from OSHA’s On-sight Consultation Program. This Program is administered by a state agency and operated separately from OSHA’s Enforcement Program. The service is free and confidential, and there are no fines even if problems are found. Designed for small employers, the On-sight Consultation Program can help you identify hazards and find effective and economical solutions for eliminating or controlling them. The OSHA state consultant can also assist you in developing and implementing an injury and illness prevention program, an effective way to manage safety and health at your workplace.

Consider developing and implementing your own injury and illness prevention program as a proactive approach to find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt.

These programs can be effective at reducing:
• Injuries
• Illnesses
• Fatalities.

Employers who implement safety programs experience dramatic decreases in workplace injuries and often report a transformed workplace culture. This can lead to higher productivity and quality, reduced turnover, reduced costs, and greater employee satisfaction.


More information on injury and illness prevention programs can be found on OSHA’s home page at www.osha.gov.


Adapted from DART letter template by Assistant OSHA Secretary, David Michaels, PhD, MPH

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