Tips to Lower a High TRIR

Tips to Lower Your High TRIR

There are a wide variety of issues that companies have that may affect their approval status within certification systems like ISNetworld®, Avetta®, and others. One of the biggest things we tend to see though is bad grades because a company has

a high TRIR (Total Recordable Incident Rate). This can be devastating to a company especially if they are smaller in size. There may be some ways to help and common mistakes we see companies make all the time that could improve your grades and standing with your clients.

What is a TRIR?

First, we need to understand what a TRIR is. TRIR stands for Total Recordable incident rate. Still, what does this mean? A TRIR is an indicator that measures how safe your company has been by taking the number of incidents that have occurred then multiplying it by 200,000 and finally dividing by the number of work hours recorded. This will provide you your company TRIR. The lower the rate the better it is.

Certification systems like ISNetworld®, Avetta®, PEC, and others use these types of safety metrics to provide your customers with basically a snapshot of how safe your company has been. This is where we have some input on how to improve your standing with those clients and accounts.

Recordable Incidents

Our first tip is making sure that your keeping track of actual OSHA recordable incidents. You won’t believe how many times we have reviewed OSHA 300 logs with companies recording incidents where someone stubbed their toe, got a small cut, or some other small injury that technically was not a recordable incident.

OSHA is very particular in what is considered a recordable incident. This includes:

  • death
  • days away from work
  • restricted work or job transfer
  • medical treatment beyond first aid
  • loss of consciousness
  • medical prescriptions

It is important to understand this reporting standard as to not report incidents that will end up hurting your TRIR and other safety metrics. A part of what we do for our clients is to review their OSHA 300 logs to clarify any incidents that may not meet OSHA recordable incidents. By doing this we are able to remove those incidents and that will help lower the TRIR. It may be worth it to double-check your previous reported incidents and make sure they are recordable.


Next, we will discuss how NAICS codes can affect your overall rating within your certification account. NAICS codes are industry classification codes that are used to determine the type of work your company performs. Associated with these codes though are industry average TRIRs for each classification. This is what is used to measure up to your company-specific TRIR and how far below or higher it is than the average.

If you don’t have the proper NAICS code reported within your certification system it may be affecting your grade with your clients. It is important to make sure you have the classification for your company. A part of what we do for our clients is to review these details and their classification to make sure they have the most accurate codes associated with their company.

What Now?

We recommend verifying the mentioned information we provided here for you to make sure you have the best representation of your company as possible. If you struggling with a high TRIR and poor grades within your Certification account, as a result, we may be able to help improve your scores. Feel free to get in touch with our team today and we will go over all available options.

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