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City Employee Safety - Recordable Accident Frequency (RAF) Rate YTD

Desired Result: Below Target

Analysis of Performance

Note: This historical data of this metric changes in subsequent time periods because injury data is tied to the date of injury regardless of when treatment occurs or the case changes from recordable to time away restricted, or transferred. For example, if an employee has an injury in March but he does not seek medical treatment until June, it will be captured on March's OSHA log and it will not show up on the June log. National benchmark data for any year is only available in September of the following year. The data has been revised to be reported as a Year-to-Date (YTD) value to more closely align with other reporting of this metric.

The City voluntarily participates in the annual OSHA survey and Department of Labor benchmarking and has been tracking the Recordable Accident Frequency (RAF) rate. Year to date, this rate is an improvement compared the same period in 2013. The City is continuously improving safety processes and is focusing in 2014 on changing behavior and building a sustainable proactive safety culture.

Metric Definition

Recordable Accident Frequency (RAF) rate is a federal Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) metric. It is calculated by the number of recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked. Current-year benchmarks are not available as they are published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and not usually available until September of the following year.

Why Is This Important?

The recordable accident frequency (RAF) rate is important because it is a nationally benchmarkeable measure that allows us to track injury frequency trends over time.  It is important for the City to provide a safe workplace for all employees and the only way to achieve that is by driving a culture of proactive safety built on continuous improvement.  As safety efforts drive down injuries, the costs associated with workers' compensation claims can be driven down as well.  While the RAF is a lagging indicator, it is valuable as a symptom of the effectiveness of our proactive injury prevention efforts.

City Organization Impact on Performance

High - Reducing the RAF rate requires the City to reduce the number of injuries that are sustained in any given year. Driving down injuries requires workgroups to actively work to identify and mitigate injury causes.  We are seeing more employee involvement throughout the City now than at any point in the past through sharing of best practices and lessons learned, excellent active safety meeting attendance, new safety teams being launched, and safety team members being called on more than ever by their workgroups to help spearhead safety improvements. 

Benchmark Information

This metric contains General Industry and Public Entities benchmark data. The General Industry benchmark gives overall context to the City’s performance, while the Public Entities benchmark allows for a closer comparison that accounts for the unique challenges that face local governments.