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Occupational Health and Safety Economics

Objective

Occupational health and safety (OSH) of workers is at the heart of the production process. The economic dimension is therefore an important but not clearly defined aspect. The current projects objective is to clarify the economic dimension of OSH. It will bring together researchers and stakeholders and present the results of their discussions in the following three different international workshops. 1. The impact of OSH and OSH-interventions on productivity. It has been argued that OSH can have a big impact on productivity with large potential gains. We will focus on underpinning this statement with evidence and case-studies. In addition, we will improve the calculation of costs and benefits resulting from impact on productivity. 2. Economic evaluation of OSH-interventions. Economic evaluation has been elaborated for health care interventions as cost-effectiveness-analysis. In contrast to cost-benefit analyses in companies, it relies more heavily on evidence of effectiveness. We will combine both approaches, provide better tools for calculations and better integrate evidence of effectiveness. 3. Economic incentives for enhancing the uptake of preventive OSH-interventions. For these incentives, instruments such as taxes, subsidies, penalties or insurance-premiums are used. The workshop will give an overview of instruments and their effectiveness. All workshops will elaborate the topic of interest against the background of the changes in working life in Europe. The results will be reported on a website and in an scientific journal. The current proposal builds on previous work of the EU Agency for Safety and Health at Work and combines it with the latest findings from scientific research on effectiveness and economic evaluation of OSH interventions. In addition, the proposal focuses both on the problems of the old and the newly accessed member states. This is a novel approach from which we hope to bring forward the discussion on the economic dimension of OSH.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/taxation
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-A
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

TYOTERVEYSLAITOS
Address
Topeliuksenkatu 41 B
00250 Helsinki
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 65 270
Administrative Contact
Jos Verbeek (Dr)

Participants (4)

PREVENT - INSTITUT POUR LA PREVENTION LA PROTECTION ET LE BIEN-ETRE AU TRAVAIL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 48 834,80
Address
Rue Gachard 88/4
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marc De Greef (Dr)
ACADEMISCH MEDISCH CENTRUM BIJ DE UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Meibergdreef 15
1105AZ Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela De Boer (Dr)
INSTYTUT MEDYCYNY PRACY IMIENIA PROF. DRA MED. JERZEGO NOFERA W LODZI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 47 635,33
Address
Ul Sw Teresy Od Dzieciatka Jezus 8
91 348 Lodz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Izabela Rydlewska-Liszkowska (Dr.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 48 834,80
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maurits Van Tulder (Prof.)