IWH-OPM: Conducting worksite visits

In 2014, researchers conducted worksite visits to answer the question: How do firms with low OPM scores differ from those with high OPM scores?

To capture a variety of workplaces and practices, organizations from various sectors were visited. 

Researchers conducted interviews in five workplaces with employees from different levels of the organization—e.g. OHS specialist, a worker who is not a member of the joint health and safety committee (JHSC), maintenance manager, human resources manager, senior manager, middle manager and operations supervisor.

Researchers also observed the work environment and interactions among people, and went on a guided tour of each workplace led by a key contact. The contact highlighted occupational health and safety (OHS) practices (e.g. housekeeping, signage, guarding, etc.).

Finally, researchers reviewed documents related to workplace health and safety (e.g. JHSC minutes, OHS policies and procedures, OHS plans and reviews).

Consultants from Ontario’s health and safety associations (HSAs) also assessed the OHS programs in the participating workplaces. This has allowed researchers to compare their findings with the findings generated by the assessment tools regularly used by Ontario’s prevention system, and also to the OPM scores reported by the organizations.

Results

See this plenary session to learn about results from the OPM workplace case studies.

Results are expected to be published in late 2016.

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