Understanding DART & how it affects your bottom line
What Does DART Stand For?
DART stands for “days away, restricted or transfer”. DART is a safety metric mandated by OSHA. It helps employers determine how many workplace injuries and illnesses caused employees to miss workdays, perform restricted work activities or transfer to another job within on calendar year. The DART rate is the OSHA calculation that determines how safely your business has performed in a calendar year base on workers’ compensation injuries. In simple terms, it’s the total average of case where employees were unable to do their jobs because of a workplace incident or injury in a given year.
Why is it Important?
- Results are monitored and are a factor in determining whether you are selected for a visit from OSHA. The lower the DART rate, the better off your organization is, and the less likely you’ll get a knock on the door from an OSHA inspector.
- An OSHA inspection is a major inconvenience that can disrupt your operations, but it could also expose your organization to potential violations resulting in fines.
- If your DART rate is much higher than the average rate for your industry, you likely need to make some improvements in your overall safety program.
- Companies in dangerous industries such as, mining and construction typically have higher recordable incident and DART rates than other companies. You can compare your DART rate with the average for your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), which is published annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Helpful Hints When Calculating Your DART Rate:
- Include vacation, sick leave or holidays when calculating the total number of hours worked during the year.
- Use any First Aid Cases (cases defined by OSHA as NOT)
- follow the new ruled for electronic submission of forms. Ensure that those responsible for recordkeeping and maintaining OSHA logs know the rules.
- Include hours for clerical staff, maintenance personnel, temporary workers or employees who are exempt (e.g. salaried) when determining the total hours
- Minimize the number of lost workday cases by implementing a return-to-work program. Neither type if case on your log is good, however ad “restricted/transfer case” is considered less severe
How Does a High DART Rate Affect Your Organization?
- A high DART rate can affect the bottom line of your company. Some businesses request DART rate information from their suppliers and subcontractor to ensure they have acceptable safety standards. A high DART rate could mean a poor reputation and loss of sales for your company.
- Possibly one of the biggest financial consequences is the effect a high DART rate has on your workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Your DART rate is an indicator of how safe your work environment is, which impacts your Experience Modifier – a major factor in determining work comp premiums