IWH-OPM: Re-administering the questionnaire

In 2012/2013, 325 organizations across Ontario who participated in the 2009 project (Phase 1) agreed to take the survey again. These organizations spanned nine different sectors, including: forestry, education, municipalities, health care, agriculture, manufacturing, service, construction and electrical.

Five Ontario health and safety associations—Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA), Workplace Safety North (WSN) and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)—helped with recruiting and administering the survey.

Organizations of all sizes (small: <20 employees, medium: 20-99 employees, and large: > 99) completed the questionnaire to help ensure the IWH-OPM is applicable to a variety of workplaces.

Benchmarking reports

Each organization’s score was tallied and benchmarked against organizations in its sector that also completed the 2012/2013 survey. This allowed organizations to compare their scores to other similar organizations.

In addition, IWH compared each organization’s 2012/2013 score with its 2009 score. This allowed organizations to see how their organizational health and safety practices have changed over the past four years.

Each participating organization received a benchmarking report.

Overall results

Using the original 2009 questionnaire, we were able to compare 2009 scores with subsequent Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims. The evidence suggests that the IWH-OPM is predictive of future claims in this sample of participating organizations. Among the organizations that participated in 2009, their IWH-OPM scores were linked to their likelihood of experiencing injury and illness claims over the next three years (2010 – 2012). Read more about the results in this article in the Summer 2014 issue of At Work, the Institute's quarterly newsletter.

What does this mean?

A high IWH-OPM score means a lower risk of claims in the future, whereas a low IWH-OPM score means a higher risk of claims in the future. This observed relationship occurs even after taking into account the organization’s size, industrial sector, region of Ontario and workers' compensation claims history from 2006-2009.

Take the questionnaire

If you would like to take the IWH-OPM questionnaire and compare your scores to others in your sector, click here.

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