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Does it really work? How to evaluate safety and health changes in the workplace.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-135, 2004 Mar; :1-27
NIOSHTIC No.
20024534
Abstract
Businesses are continuously making safety and health changes in the workplace. But when making those changes, successful employers and managers want to be sure that they really work. What were the results? Was the change an improvement? Here are some examples of positive outcomes that employers use: 1. reduced employee injury and illness; 2. increased employee satisfaction; 3. improved safe work practices; 4. reduced absenteeism; 5. reduced workers’ compensation costs or rates; 6. increased productivity; and, 7. improved workplace air quality. Measuring the results of workplace safety and health changes benefits employers and employees because both gain confidence that the change results in a safer workplace. Since most changes occur by trial and error or in stages, information about the effectiveness of each stage is naturally helpful to the process. These changes often result in increased productivity and demonstrate that employee safety and health can be a good investment. Employees must be involved throughout the selection of safety changes and their measurement.
Keywords
Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-education; Safety-climate; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Meat-packing-industry; Meat-handlers; Grocery-stores; Air-quality; Retail-workers
Publication Date
20040301
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Funding Type
Construction
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
PB2004-104283
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2004-135
NIOSH Division
EID; OD; SRL; DART
Priority Area
NORA Implementation
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; WV
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