City Employee Safety - Recordable Accident Frequency (RAF) Rate YTD
- Analysis of Performance
- Metric Definition
- Why Is This Important?
- City Organization Impact on Performance
- Benchmark Information
Analysis of Performance
During the past three years, the City has consistently participated in OSHA benchmarking and has been tracking the Recordable Accident Frequency (RAF) rate. The organization has historically trended poorly compared to both general industry averages and local government averages. From 2011 to 2012, the RAF rate improved by almost 24%. In 2012, the City saw a push across the organization to better understand and manage safety performance and there were a number of processes put in place for supporting continuous improvement for employee safety in 2012 and 2013. Despite an 8% decline from Q2 to Q3 2013, the City is continuously improving safety processes and is launching a number of strategic initiatives aimed at building a sustainable proactive safety culture.
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.
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.