UL Safety Index

Building a safer world through better access to safety data.

To increase the number of safe countries around the world, we must address societal influences of safety and invest in specific interventions to hazards. The UL Safety Index is a data science initiative that seeks to address gaps in knowledge and information about health and safety by providing a country safety index for 187 nations. Advancing knowledge to address important and emerging safety challenges is central to the UL mission. The UL Safety Index is a significant step towards our commitment of providing better safety statistics to create better safety outcomes. The UL Safety Index will grow to further address worldwide safety in a comprehensive manner by including historical data and adapting it to specific geographic and community levels.

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Safety is a global health issue. Without global safety, there can be no global health.

To improve the world's safety, we need to make data driven choices, policies and investments.

This is why the UL Safety Index exists.

The traditional model of safety improvement relies on specific interventions for known hazards. Reliance on this method alone only achieves incremental improvements. However, social and economic environments exert real and lasting effects on health, including unintentional injury. By addressing societal drivers of safety – such as education, poverty and regulatory protections – in addition to specific interventions, rapid improvements in safety can be achieved on a national scale.

Explore the Index

Using the interactive country safety map, one can quickly gain a perspective on the relative state of safety of one or more countries. Click on a country to view its Safety Index value, relative status to other countries and gain access to the full data.

Model Changes Based on Policy Choices

While in the Full Data view, one can scale Indicator scores by +/- 100% to examine the impact of changes to any indicator on the overall Safety Index and the relative ranking of the country. Using this feature, it is possible to see how a 5% improvement in the overall education level of a country can improve the Safety Index and move the country to a higher position among nations.

Compare Peer Groups

Create detailed comparison tables of the Safety Index, supporting Drivers and Indicators using the Country Compare feature. Up to five countries’ safety index can be compared side by side in order to understand similarities and differences in their safety statistics.

Explore the UL Safety Index through maps and graphs, access each country’s Safety Index, the supporting data, and access curated research to help understand where there are opportunities to improve worldwide safety.