Programs of early OHS intervention with small businesses

Reasons for the study

Small businesses pose a challenge to occupational health and safety (OHS) authorities. They contribute disproportionately to the total burden of work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. That is, their percentage contribution to all occupational injuries is greater than their percentage contribution to worked hours. As well, small businesses are difficult to reach because of their large number and their informal nature.

This project focuses on the OHS needs and challenges of small businesses by finding out what we already know about existing OHS interventions for small businesses that can be feasibly implemented in small business start-ups.

Objectives of the study

  • Identify, describe and explore the nature of OHS interventions for small businesses in Canada and other high-income countries that can be implemented during the start-up phase of small businesses
  • Determine the feasibility of adopting or adapting these interventions in British Columbia and Ontario

Target audience

Small businesses; small business association; OHS regulatory authorities

Project status


Research team

Collaborators and partners

Adina Croitoru, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
Lucas Friesen, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of British Columbia

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