Our commitment to safety is steadfast. At Ecolab, safety is personal. It is a state of mind. Every day, our associates integrate safe practices into their work and life. Goal Zero is not only a company goal; it is a personal goal for every one of our associates because safety matters to each of us.
In 2016, we reduced our Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR), the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 workers, from 1.42 to 1.30. Our Total Vehicle Accident Rate (TVAR), the number of vehicle accidents per million miles driven, was 3.19.
Our commitment is supported by an engaged executive safety leadership council, active safety leadership councils in all regions and large markets and a Board of Directors safety, health and environment committee.
Training and Education
Education and training are core components of our strategy to ensure safety is everyone's top priority. We engage our associates in proven programs and processes that improve personal safety. Our leadership practices encourage transparency at every level of our organization. This intentional approach results in continuous improvement of our safety performance.
We track our performance on a range of leading and lagging safety indicators. A monthly assessment of our global safety dashboard data helps us identify underlying and potential risks, focus on areas of greatest need and measure the effectiveness of our safety programs.
Our proactive approach to risk identification enhances our comprehensive safety program and improves results. Through safety observations and audits, we identify, assess and address risks at our locations and customer facilities. In 2016, we recorded more than 113,000 safety observations globally, an increase of 38 percent from 2015. We also completed 352 safety audits in 2016, exceeding our goal.