- Occupational health and safety interventions, including regulatory approaches, programs, and management systems, are key strategies for reducing worker injury and illness.
- Examples include inspections, citations and penalties; the requirement for firms to have joint labour and management health and safety committees and/or to conduct routine hazard assessment; and the implementation of integrated health and safety management systems.
- We conducted independent impact evaluations of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) audit programs in both BC and Alberta to assess how participation has affected firms’ claim rates and health and safety experience. COR programs provide premium rebates to employers who meet certain occupational health and safety management benchmarks or who have implemented a return to work program for injured workers. Results of these studies
- We surveyed long-term care homes and food processing firms about their health and safety practices, with the goal of establishing a set of leading health and safety indicators that organizations can use to assess and improve their health and safety performance. More information
- PhD trainee Kim McLeod’s PhD dissertation will examine the effectiveness of WorkSafeBC prevention activities, including punitive measures such as inspections and orders and more cooperative measures such as education and consultations.
- In an extension of Kim McLeod’s work in BC, we are investigating the effectiveness of inspections, citations, orders and penalties on firm-level injury rates in Alberta.
- MSc trainee Minal Pachchigar is performing an assessment of the WorkSafeBC Inspection Experience and Impact Survey, in order to determine the predictors of officer performance in an inspection and to characterize a model for change that follows an inspection enforcement activity.
An audit-based occupational health and safety recognition program: Does certification lead to lower firm work-injury rates?
Based on research presented in McLeod C, Quirke W, McLeod K, Aderounmu A. Evaluating the effect of an audit-based occupational health and safety recognition program on firm work-injury rates in British Columbia, Canada, 2003-2016: a matched difference-in-difference approach. Final Report to WorkSafeBC. Vancouver: Partnership for Work, Health and Safety; 2018. [Full report available by request only.]
A systematic literature review of the effectiveness of occupational health and safety regulatory enforcement
Tompa E, Kalcevich C, Foley M, McLeod C, Hogg-Johnson S, Cullen K, MacEachen E, Irvin E, Mahood Q.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2016 Nov;59(11):919-933.
An audit-based occupational health and safety recognition program: Is certification associated with lower firm work-injury rates?
Research brief [299 KB]
Based on research presented in McLeod C, Quirke W, Koehoorn M. Evaluation of the effect of an audit-based occupational health and safety recognition program on firm work-injury rates in British Columbia, Canada. Final Report to WorkSafeBC. Vancouver: Partnership for Work, Health and Safety; 2015. [Full report available by request only.]
Conference presentation [1.5MB]
Lyle J, McLeod C. BC Care Providers Association Annual Conference. Whistler, BC: May 25, 2015.
Evaluation of an audit‐based occupational health and safety certification program on firm work‐injury rates in British Columbia, Canada
McLeod C, Quirke W. Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) conference. Saskatoon, SK: Oct. 19-22, 2014.
McLeod K, Koehoorn M, Amick B, Davies H, McLeod C. Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) conference. Saskatoon, SK: Oct. 19-22, 2014.
Evaluating OHS prevention programs: An example of a voluntary audit-based prevention program in British Columbia
Occupational and Environmental Health Rounds, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON: Oct 2, 2014.
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McLeod K, Davies H, Koehoorn M, Amick B, McLeod C. Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference. Chicago, IL: June 24-27, 2014.
McLeod C, Quirke W. Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference. Chicago, IL: June 24-27, 2014.
McLeod K, McLeod C, Koehoorn M, Amick B. Annual Symposium on Environmental, Occupational, and Population Health. Semiahmoo, WA: Jan. 9, 2014.
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McLeod K. WorkSafeBC Research Trainee Event. Richmond, BC; Sept. 27, 2013.
Changing the Present: Implementing and evaluating workplace interventions to improve occupational health and safety
Conference presentation [590KB]
Amick B, McLeod C. Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada Learning Symposium. Saint John, NB; Sept. 17, 2013.
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McLeod C. BC Safety Charter Annual Roundtable Event. Vancouver, BC; Nov. 29, 2012.