“the impact of regulatory enforcement and consultation visits on workers' compensation claims incidence rates and costs, 1999–2008”
We find that enforcement activities make a significant contribution to reducing CIRs and costs. Similar results following consultations may also exist. Inspections with citations are more effective than those without. Claims rates for non-MSD injuries, related to hazards covered by specific standards, are more affected in the year following the visit, while those for MSDs take longer to begin falling.
Learning Areas:Occupational health and safety
Discuss the association between occupational health and safety enforcement activities and changes in claims incidence rates and claims costs at the establishment level as compared to unvisited worksites. Identify where the greater decreases were observed: inspections that result in monetary penalties; inspections in fixed-site workplaces; and claims for injuries other than non-traumatic musculoskeletal-disorders.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator for examining the effect of Washington Stateâs occupational health and safety enforcement activities and was the lead author for the paper which is the subject of tis presentation. I have been conducting evaluation studies of the effectiveness of occupational safety and health regulations since joining SHARP in 1997. These have included cost-benefit analysis and an evaluation of the impact of the short-lived state ergonomics rule.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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