3 Ways to Lower Your Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on September 26, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Need to get your numbers down? Here are three ways to lower your TRIR.

The business of managing safety programs at work is a lot like what’s happening in the medical world: both industries have taken a more holistic view of keeping people safe and well.

In both cases, that translates into a more integrated perspective with a focus on prevention. For companies interested in lowering their Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), the key to prevention lies in the collection and analysis of massive amounts of data.

That simply wasn’t possible just a few years ago, but with today’s new breed of advanced EHS software, it’s not only possible—it’s painless, enjoyable and effective.

But even the best software in the world can’t compensate for an environment that’s not conducive to safety. With that in mind, here are three ways to lower your TRIR.

1. Determine Your Safety Culture

This involves some Big Picture thinking, but basically you want to pinpoint the collective attitude towards workplace safety at your company. Ask these questions:

  • Are we thinking about how to prevent accidents?
  • Is everyone motivated to report potential safety issues?
  • Is management prepared to handle reports of safety gaps?
  • Is everyone on board with the idea of preventing incidents before they happen?

2. Lock onto a Solid Incident Investigation Process

When incidents occur, you’ll want to already have a secure process in place for an effective investigation. Managers as well as front line workers and everyone else should know what steps to take in order to ensure all the right data and safety metrics get collected in the right way.

3. Create the Proper Mitigation for Preventing Future Incidents

If an incident does occur, it’s important to handle it correctly, but even more important to learn from it. Of course that takes some pretty intense record-keeping of what’s happening at each stage of production in your company. But if you have solid records and a firm command of how events play into recordable incidents, you can prevent future incidents.

Remember: Incident Management Software Can Help

None of these tips are easy or even possible without robust, customized EHS software for your company. Keep records, produce complex reports that guide analysis of incidents, and of course stay compliant with the right tools, and you’ll soon see record-breaking lows with your TRIR.

Request a free trial of EHS Insight to see how software can help you reduce incidents.

Further reading: TRIR Calculation: How to Calculate Total Recordable Incident Rate

Topics: OSHA, EHS Software, Workplace Health and Safety, EHS Management, Incident Reporting Software

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