Australia, Canada and New Zealand Experience Positive Year-Over-Year Jumps
NORTHBROOK, Ill., January 10, 2018 — UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science company, has today released an update to its UL Safety IndexTM, a tool that quantifies the relative state of safety across nearly 190 countries. Once again, The Netherlands and Norway placed among the safest countries, followed by Australia, Sweden and Canada. Australia, Canada and New Zealand moved up in the rankings, while Denmark, Singapore, Germany and the United States fell. This year’s index examined new data sets, including road safety.
The index provides a snapshot of a country’s relative safety performance based on three measurable drivers of safety: institutional drivers (e.g. economics and education), safety frameworks (current regulations and safety infrastructure) and safety outcomes (unintentional injuries and deaths). Each of the 187 countries received an overall safety index assessment number between zero and 100.
Highlighted findings include:
“Updating the index with new data sets offers a more complete indication of safety in these countries. The major change for 2017 is to include road safety policies. With road traffic crashes as the single largest cause of unintentional injury and death, we felt it imperative to include an indicator to measure the strength of road safety efforts. It was interesting to see that the changes in the ‘Top 10’ countries from last year’s index, based on data from 2013, are strongly influenced by the road safety component,” explained David Wroth, UL’s Director of Public Safety. “Safety truly is a system where multiple moving parts play a role, and the outcomes demonstrate how each part is interconnected. The UL Safety Index will continue to be a resource that is updated annually, and we look forward to seeing more positive changes in safety outcomes, especially in the countries that can really benefit from it the most.”
Focused on its mission to advance safe living and working environments for people everywhere, UL continues its commitment to contributing to the discourse on public health and safety with this quantifiable measurement of safety. Developed in 2016 to help drive decision-making about safety issues by policy makers and other stakeholders, the index can aid in the identification of investment priorities for improving safety. The index now showcases the year-over-year value changes among countries.
In addition to the publicly available raw data and safety index values, UL has also created a content library to help make its findings more actionable. Moreover, UL has collected and curated a database of effective policies and programs that have been implemented by governments and other stakeholders globally. UL is also in the process of developing country-specific case studies, as well as a Policy Maker’s Toolkit, both of which will be released in the coming months.
“We intended for the inaugural UL Safety Index to stimulate dialogue and ultimately national solutions. Now, a year after the index has been made public, we are beginning to have more concrete discussions about its adoption as a tool in places like South Africa, India and Vietnam,” said Wroth. “We are working closely with stakeholder groups in these regions to discuss how the UL Safety Index can be implemented into their decision-making processes. While the data itself can help inform leaders, it’s the stories, policies and programs that will help inspire others to take action.
For access to the updated UL Safety Index, including background on the index’s methodology, visit www.ULSafetyIndex.org.
*The UL Safety Index examines safety outcomes related solely to unintentional injuries and deaths, and does not account for conflict in any of the regions mentioned.
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