Understanding Acronyms 101

Posted on: March 27th, 2014

Have you recently been asked by a general contractor for your RIR, your DART, your LTIR or your EMR? Have you noticed an assessment on your workers’ compensation policy for OHSF? Do the requests seem a little bit jumbled and jived? Here is a brief explanation and referenced resources to assist you.

Your RIR is the Recordable Injury/Incident Rate. (Also referred to as TRIR for total). The RIR is formulated from the entries that are made on your OSHA Form 300 log (Appendix A). Recordable(R) work-related injury and illnesses are those that result is (1) death, (2) loss of consciousness, (3) days away form work, (4) restricted work activity or job transfer or, (5) medical treatment beyond first aid. Cumulatively, these five items are referred to as “Number of Cases” on the OSHA Form 300A (Appendix B).

R * 200,000 / number of hours worked by all of your employees ( F )= RIR

Your DART is the Days of Work Activity Restricted or Job Transfer cases. Cumulatively, these two items are referred to as “Number of Days” on the OSHA Form 300A (Appendix B). You take that sum value (A) multiply it by 200,000* divided by number of hours worked (F) by all of your employees equals your DART.

A * 200,000 / F   = DART

(*200,000 figure in the formula represents the number of hours 100 employees working 40 hours per week for 50 weeks per year would work, and provides the standard base for calculating incident rates.)

You may be asked for your LTIR which is Lost Time Injury/Incident Rate. This is total from column (K). For a 3 year total you have to refer to 3 year’s of logs.

Additional details can be located on www.asdawest.com under Knowledge Center, Resource Links: CAL/OSHA Publications /Recordkeeping: Once you are on the CAL/OSHA site, look for Recordkeeping and the  Form 300A which is calculated from your Cal/OSHA Form 300

Experience Modification is a very familiar workers’ compensation term.  This is most often referred to as your “ex-mod” or “x-mod”.  Some contracts may ask you for your EMR. Don’t fear; it is only your Experience Modification Rate.

Effective 2014 the dreaded TICF: Cal/OSHA’s “Targeted Inspection and Consultation Fund” has been replaced by the OHSF – Occupational Health Safety Fund.  This fund is the Cal/OSHA legal mandate for an assessment that is part of Workers’ Compensation reform. Previously, the TICF was assessed on insured’s individual policy when their experience mods were over 124%. Beginning in 2014, there is an assessment to ALL policyholders that contribute into the fund. The OHSF assessment is calculated based on payroll.

The fund monies that are assessed support the Cal/OSHA ‘High Hazard Employer Program –HHEP-another acronym-yikes! The HHEP provided consultative assistance, “free” of charge, (your “free” assessment!) to employers with high ex-mods to help them decrease their preventable work-related injuries and illnesses and their workers’ compensation losses.

There you have it Acronyms 101!

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