DART Rate Key to Avoiding OSHA Visits

dartEven if your business is on OSHA’s “hit list” for 2014, you may be able to dodge an inspection based on your DART rates from the previous three years.

DART—Days Away, Restricted or Transferred—includes injuries resulting in days away from work, injuries resulting in restrictions from normal job duties or injuries resulting in both. OSHA uses the DART rate to determine which employers will be targeted for inspection in its yearly Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Inspection Program.

But during this year’s SST program, OSHA plans to skip inspections for those businesses that made it on the hit list but have had low DART rates in two of the three years between 2011 and 2013. There are exceptions to this, some of which include:

  • Your business didn’t respond to the survey and send in the required OSHA data.
  • Any of the Certified Safety & Health Official (CSHO)-calculated DART rates from 2011-2013 are at or above 3.6.
  • Any two of the DART rates are below 3.6, but any two of the CSHO-calculated DAFWII case rates are at or above 2.2. (DAFWII stands for Days Away From Work due to Illness or Injury).

To protect the health and safety of workers nationwide, OSHA created the SST Inspection Program to proactively examine employers with the highest rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Each year, employers must report their injuries and illnesses on the “OSHA Work-related Injury and Illness Data Collection Form.” Using data collected from the surveys, OSHA creates an annual “hit list” of employers targeted for a programmed inspection. The “hit list”—a primary list and a secondary list—consists of up to15,000 employers with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.

There’s no guarantee that OSHA will bypass inspections based on prior years’ DART rates beyond this year, but always aim to keep your DART rate low. For more information on OSHA’s SST program, its 2014 hit list and its inspection plan for 2014, contact Davis Dyer Max today.



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