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The purpose of the government and employees of the City of El Paso is to provide a variety of services essential to the health and well being of the community and its citizens. The employees are obligated to provide the highest quality of service to the citizens of El Paso. Incidents, which result in injury to City employees and/or damage to City property, delay or prevent the successful accomplishment of that purpose.

Therefore, the City of El Paso’s policy is that no job or task performed to provide City services is so urgent or important that it must be completed without due regard for the safety of persons or property.

Thus, it follows that department heads are obligated to provide, to the maximum extent possible, all of their employees with safe working conditions so that the employees may do their jobs without endangering their safety or health. These conditions shall include, but are not limited to the following:


The City shall use the Code of Federal Regulations, 29 CFR 1910 and 1926, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), as safety guides to ensure that safe working conditions are in effect. The City shall also abide fully with all other federal, state, and local regulations, which have jurisdiction over the City facilities and personnel.


Insurance & Benefits can provide customizable safety training and assessments in a variety of areas. A few are listed below:

Back Injury Prevention
Correct Lifting
Ergonomics and Workplace Assessments
Hazard Communications
Personal Protective Equipment
Forklift Certification



The City of El Paso uses a TIR, Claims Count and Claims Cost for a fiscal year as the baseline and as part of the tracking process. The Total Incident Rate (TIR) is a calculation that tracks incidents per 100 employees. This number measures success/safety/progress over a period of time and against similar industries. For many companies, incident rates are the primary indicator of safety performance measurement. The City uses a TIR based on all submitted Medical Only and Time Lost claims and department claims goals along with incident analysis, required trainings, inspections and evaluations, and other means to measure performance against the department itself. The TIR is similar to the OSHA Total Recordable Case /DART rate, though more responsive.

Claim Types

Info Only – Claims submitted for informational purposes only, required no first aid, or include treatment not exceeding first aid (ice pack, band aid)

Medical Only (MO) – Claims with medical costs incurred and/or less than 7 days of lost time and claims where treatment rendered was more than first aid

Temporary Disability/Time Lost/Indemnity (TD) – Lost time greater than 7 days or any claims with indemnity payments Temporary Income Benefits (TIBS), Impairment Income Benefits (IIBS), Supplemental Income Benefits (SIBS)

Adjusted Claims Totals - Adjusted Claims totals remove claims that after 60 days have accumulated no medical costs after initial consultation and no time lost from the TIR total. Since it was a manual process begun last fiscal year, these totals are available beginning fiscal year ’07-’08.

TIR (Claims Submitted in a date range X 200000)/Man hours worked in the corresponding date range = TIR

DART "DART" stands for "Days Away, Restricted or Transferred". A DART case is a subset of OSHA recordable cases where the injury/illness is severe enough that the individual is loses time away from his/her job by being away from work, on restricted duty, or is transferred to another job function because of the injury.

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