IWH-OPM: Developing, piloting and evaluating the tool

In 2008, a team of partners within Ontario’s occupational health and safety system set out to answer this question: Can a simple tool be developed that will predict a firm’s workplace injury experience based on an assessment of its health and safety policies and practices?

The team developed an eight-item questionnaire that was administered in 2009 to over 600 workplaces. One respondent in each workplace was asked to assess the degree to which their organization adhered to optimal occupational health and safety policies and practices.

Respondents’ answers were scored and matched to their organization’s injury rates over the previous three-plus years. Workplaces where respondents reported higher scores had lower injury claim rates.

This was an important step in the development of a “leading indicator” measurement tool that could be of benefit to occupational health and safety stakeholders in Ontario and beyond.

Read about the next phase: Readministering the OPM questionnaire.

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