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

Anticipated results/impact

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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Project status

Completed 2017

Research team

Participating organizaitons

  • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association
  • Public Services Health and Safety Association
  • Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Funded by

Ontario Ministry of Labour Research Opportunities Program