It is important to understand past safety performance to achieve the goal of reduced or no incidents (personal injury, vehicle damage, equipment damage, etc). The first step is accurately tracking statistics and classifying injuries. There are different models to choose from when determining a standard for you to follow. In Canada the two most often used are CAPP and WCB Standards. Most companies have to use both standards to satisfy legal and industry requirements.
CAPP has published a guide titled ‘Reporting of Occupational Injuries, June 2008’ , this model is often used for companies working in the Oil & Gas sector. Safety databases including ISNetworld®, CanQual, and ComplyWorks all expect the submitted data to comply with above CAPP document. CAPP does not include occupational illnesses in its calculations.
Provincial Workers Compensation Board’s look at illnesses and injuries quite differently. Everything that occurred at work and causes a worker to miss work is included (injury and illness); however first aids, near misses, property damage, and non injury vehicle incidents are not included.
Your company may have poor CAPP statistics but a great WCB Rate, or vice versa. An analysis of root causes is required to better understand performance history.