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The annual incident rate is the # cases x 200,000/ # of hours. How do you calculate the OSHA incident rate monthly?

The yearly rate, Ry, = incidents/year, is a number given by your formula for # of cases and # number of hours (not quite sure what that last number refers to). To convert it to a monthly rate, Rm, we just need to convert the units as follows:

Rm[incidents/month] = Ry[incidents/year]・[years/month] = Ry・(1/12)

where (1/12) = [years/month]. Note that that "year" units cancel and the "incidents" now get divided by "month". So

Rm = (200,000/12)・(# of cases/# of hours)


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