The productivity assessment tool: computer-based cost benefit analysis model for the economic assessment of occupational health and safety interventions in the workplace

J Safety Res. 2005;36(3):209-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2005.06.002.


Introduction and method: This paper describes the concepts behind cost benefit analysis in occupational health and safety and introduces the Productivity Assessment Tool, a method by which an analysis may be performed relatively easily in a service or manufacturing workplace. The advantage of using such analyses is to show the important financial role that safe and efficient workplaces play in the workplace.

Results: By using analytical tools, the effectiveness of an intervention (workplace change) may be estimated prior to its introduction.

Impact on industry: This places occupational health and safety on the same financial footing as other proposed workplace changes and thus places occupational health and safety in a strong position to attract scarce resources.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Systems
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis / methods*
  • Efficiency*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Health Services / economics*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Workplace*