Employer investments in occupational health and safety: establishing benchmarks for Ontario
Reasons for the study
In Ontario, no information on employer expenditures and investments on occupational health and safety (OHS) is currently available. This study addresses this gap by collecting detailed estimates of firm-level spending on health and safety from Ontario employers. Data is being collected on five dimensions of health and safety spending: (1) management and supervision, (2) training, (3) personal protective equipment, (4) external consulting services, and (5) health and safety improvements attributed to investments in facilities, vehicles and equipment.
Objectives of the study
- To obtain detailed estimates of firm-level expenditures and investments in OHS for a representative sample of employers in the province on Ontario
- To provide participating employers with a benchmarking report comparing their OHS expenditures to peer organizations in their economic sector
The information gathered in this study is of interest to participating employers and joint health and safety committees, as well as to safety group sponsors, trade associations and the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
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