OSHA citations reduce workplace injuries, study finds

Evidence shows penalties lower frequency and severity of injuries

Posted November 10, 2015

A new study from the Institute for Work and Health concludes that citations with penalties from inspections reduce workplace injuries.

Researchers performed a systematic review to determine the effectiveness of the enforcement of occupational safety and health regulation in creating incentives for firms to focus on safety and health issues. While mixed evidence was found on the effectiveness of the general threat of an inspection, the study found strong evidence that actual citations and penalties reduce the frequency or severity of injuries.

The study builds on the findings from several other recent studies showing that injury rates decrease at an establishment in the years following an OSHA inspection.

For more information on the study visit www.iwh.on.ca/at-work/81/inspections-with-penalties-linked-to-lower-injuries-iwh-review.

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