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What do employers spend to protect the health and safety of workers

September 25, 2018
Institute for Work & Health (IWH)

While the financial costs of work-related injury and illness are well known, limited information is available on what employers spend to control or eliminate the causes of work-related injury and illness. This Issue Briefing describes the results of a 2017 study to estimate occupational health and safety expenditures among employers from 17 economic sectors in Ontario, Canada.

Work-related injury and illness are preventable (Chambers et al, 2015). Employers can reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses by investing in safer technologies, providing coordination and management of health and safety policies and practices, providing workers with personal protective equipment, and providing training to workers and their supervisors. Workers can reduce the risk of injury by following safe work practices.

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