Publications Sorted by Strategic Goals
Strategic Goal 1
Increase the knowledge base on the value of preventing occupational illness and injury.
- Project: Economic Burden of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in Small Businesses
1.1 Improve surveillance at the federal, state, and private level to describe the economic burden of occupational illness and injury, identify priorities for research and prevention, and evaluate trends over time.
- Project: Analysis of Medical Cost Records from MarketScan Databases
1. 2 Assess the impact of health and safety investments, such as improved health and safety programs, material substitution, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment, to employers’ full benefits and costs, including costs saved by reducing occupational illness and injury as well as impacts on productivity, quality of products and services, company reputation, corporate financial performance, and the ability to attract and retain employees
- Project: Increasing Adoption of CROPS by Farmers and Manufacturers
- Project: Effects of Safety Training at Washington Group International
1.2.1 Complete a set of economic case studies, each one targeting a set of safety and health interventions, for which economic information promises to play a strong supporting role.
1.2.2 Provide a guide to the assessment of costs and benefits of occupational safety and health at the employer’s level, and connect each component of cost and benefit to case studies and other existing examples.
1.3 Assess the full costs to workers and their families of occupational illness and injury, including the loss of earning ability, and the extent to which workers’ compensation and other social supports replace these losses.
- Project: Costs of Injuries/Illnesses in Wholesale and Retail Trade
- Project: The Burden of Injuries and Illnesses in Manufacturing
1.4 Assess the benefits of prevention and the costs of occupational illness and injury to society at large, including the costs and utilization of health insurance, workers’ compensation, Social Security, and other social insurance and welfare systems.
1.4.1 Estimate the relative burden of injury and illness using MarketScan™ or other sources of health, productivity, and risk assessment information. This is accomplished by compiling information on days away from work, health care costs associated with disability, and workers' compensation claims, and combining these data with national estimates of occupational injury and illness cases from BLS and other sources.
1.4.2 Complete studies on the extent to which work-related disability leads to a change in job or premature exit from the labor force, and the extent to which this reduces income and increases the receipt of government and insurance benefits.
- Project: Evaluating the Effectiveness of OSH Program Elements
1.6 Assess differences and commonalities in the economics of occupational health and safety across countries and regions to better contribute to international dialogue and improved health and safety globally.
Strategic Goal 2
Increase the knowledge base on how economic factors, management strategies, and demographic trends affect occupational health and safety.
- Project: Sector-Based Case Studies on Cost-Effective Interventions (PHP)
2.1 Support economic research assessing the impact of different employment relationships, including contract, temporary, and low-wage work arrangements, on the incidence and severity of occupational illness and injury.
2.4 Support economic research assessing the impact of management systems, including work organization and job design, information gathering, communication and decision making, and employee incentives, on the incidence and severity of occupational illness and injury.
2.4.1 Create a "chartbook" of economic and work organization information by industry and occupation. Elements could include distribution of income, job stability and unemployment, work schedules, percent insured, demographics, and education levels.
2.6 Assess the impact of specific policies (e.g., consensus standards, guidance, or regulation) and the domestic and global competitive environment on the incidence and severity of occupational illness and injury.
Strategic Goal 3
Enhance the capacity to make use of available knowledge on the economics of occupational health and safety.
3.1: Collect, organize, and provide guidance on available resources; this may include maintaining resource links on the World Wide Web to assist researchers and practitioners in finding relevant materials.
Strategic Goal 4
Develop strategic partnerships among researchers in the fields of economics and occupational health and safety and between researchers and practitioners to improve the relevance, quality, and impact of occupational health and safety research.
4.2 Conduct demonstration projects that bring together practitioners with first-hand knowledge of occupational risks and exposures, holders of health, safety, and benefits related information, and researchers to show the impact of health and safety interventions.
4.3 Formalize partnerships that facilitate and enhance the exchange of knowledge and information among researchers in the fields of economics and occupational health and safety and between researchers and practitioners.
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