Effectiveness of injury/illness prevention and loss control programs: a systematic review
Reasons for the study
Injury/illness prevention and loss control programs help protect workers from injuries, meet regulatory requirements, reduce the negative effects of injuries and manage costs. These programs include the three Ps: work practices among employees, policies developed by employers, and programs required by legislation. The purpose of this systematic review was to identify studies that evaluated the effect of injury/illness prevention and loss control programs on reducing the frequency and/or severity of workplace injuries.
The systematic review, completed in 2008, found strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of disability management/return-to-work programs. Researchers recommend that workplaces develop multi-component disability management programs that involve the health-care provider, company supervisors and workers, and workers' compensation carriers.
Related scientific publications
- Brewer S, King E, Amick B, Delelos G, Spear J, Irvin E, Mahood Q, Lee L, Lewis C, Tetrick L, Gimeno D, Williams R. Systematic review of injury/illness prevention and loss control programs. Institute for Work & Health; 2007.
Related research summaries
- Are workplace prevention programs effective? . Sharing Best Evidence: Institute for Work & Health, December 2008.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario, University of Texas Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health