Significant Reductions in TRIR and DART Rates Continue for TRSA Members

Posted November 18, 2022 at 12:33 pm

TRSA recently released the results of its annual national safety survey, which demonstrated the linen, uniform and facility services industry continuing to make dramatic progress toward achieving its goal of eliminating occupational injuries and illnesses in its facilities.

The textile services industry, which includes TRSA members, reduced its TRIR (total recordable incident rate) by 7.1 percent from 2017 – 2021. By comparison, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the linen and uniform supply industry TRIR rate decreased its incidents by 5.2 percent from 2017 – 2021. During the same time, the manufacturing industry reduced its TRIR rate by 5.7 percent while all private industry saw a 3.6 percent reduction.

The DART (days away, restricted and/or transferred) rate of TRSA members showed a 20% reduction, better than the overall linen and uniform supply industry reduction of 13.2%. For the same time period, the manufacturing industry reported an increase in the DART rate of 5 percent, and all private industry has increased by 13.3 percent.

“This latest TRSA safety report demonstrates the continued commitment by our members to significantly improve worker health and safety in commercial laundry facilities,” said Joseph Ricci, president and CEO of TRSA. “As with our commitments to advancing hygienically clean processes and responsible environmental stewardship, our members are committed to protecting the health and safety of their workers.”

TRIR and DART results in the report are drawn from laundry operators’  responses to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300A form, which all facilities must submit to OSHA annually. Some 800 laundries and depots sent this data and other key safety metrics to TRSA through the Mackay Research Group, an independent, third-party organization that compiles data on employee, operating and financial performance for trade associations.

For more than a decade, TRSA has provided industry-specific tools and resources to help linen, uniform and facility service providers improve their safety performance by documenting best practices and compliance. The TRSA Safety Committee continually updates and revises the material to identify and mitigate risks in their laundry facilities and on routes.

Click here for more information on the safety report or to download a copy.