Effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems: a systematic review

Reasons for the study

Occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMSs) have developed considerably over the last 20 years, yet little is known about their effectiveness. The systematic review aimed to answer these questions: What is the relative effectiveness of mandatory and voluntary OHSMSs on employee health and safety and on associated economic outcomes? What facilitators and barriers are there to the adoption and the effectiveness of OHSMSs? What is the evidence on the cost-effectiveness of OHSMSs?

Progress

This systematic review, completed in 2005, concluded that there was insufficient evidence in the published, peer-reviewed literature on the effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems to make recommendations either for or against them.

Related research summaries

Effectiveness of OHS management systems: summary of a systematic review . Sharing Best Evidence: Institute for Work & Health, February 2005.

Related scientific publications

Robson LS, Clarke J, Cullen KL, Bielecky A, Severin C, Bigelow P, Irvin E, Culyer AJ, Mahood Q. Effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems: a systematic review. Institute for Work & Health; 2005.

Project status

Completed

Research team

Lynda Robson, Institute for Work & Health
Judy Clarke, Institute for Work & Health
Kim Cullen, Institute for Work & Health
Amber Bielecky, Institute for Work & Health
Colette Severin, Institute for Work & Health
Philip Bigelow, Institute for Work & Health
Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
Anthony Culyer, Institute for Work & Health
Quenby Mahood, Institute for Work & Health