NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Is “zero injuries” a realistic goal?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

Safety committees see mixed success: study

July 22, 2010

Tags
  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

Workplaces with safety committees may not have a larger drop in injury rates than those without, suggests a study of Pennsylvania employers conducted by Santa Monica, CA-based research institution RAND Corp.

Pennsylvania provides a 5 percent discount on workers' compensation insurance premiums to organizations with a certified joint labor management safety committee. Using data from unemployment insurance, workers' comp and safety committee audits, researchers found organizations with certified safety committees did not experience a greater decline in injury rates than companies without such committees, according to a study abstract.

Although their injury rates did not decline more than nonparticipants, participating organizations with "good" compliance saw a bigger drop in injury rates than participating firms with "poor" compliance, the abstract said.

The study appeared in the June issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.



Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.