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Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART)

Definition - What does Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) mean?

Days away, restricted or transferred (DART) is a term used by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It is basically a safety metric that shows how many workplace injuries and illnesses caused the affected employees to remain away from work, restricted their work activities or transferred to another job as they were unable to do their usual job within a calendar year. DART rate helps the employer and the senior management to identify safety matters in the workplace.

Safeopedia explains Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART)

Days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate is a mathematical calculation that defines the number of recordable incidents per 100 full time employees, which resulted in lost work days, restricted work days or job transfer due to workplace injuries or illnesses. It can be determined by the following formula:

DART rate = Total number of recordable injuries and illnesses, or one or more Restricted Days that resulted in an employee transferring to a different job within the company x 200,000 / Total number of hours worked by all employees

Form OSHA 300 is used to calculate DART rate. It logs all work related Injuries and Illnesses and whether it caused a death, time away from work, job restriction or a job transfer. A similar term, incident rate, calculates all accidents and illnesses, but the DART rate calculates recordable loss rate. Ideally, the DART rate needs to be lower than the incident rate.

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