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Document ID (ISN)78728
CIS number 02-604
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Carrivick P.J.W., Lee A.H., Yau K.K.W.
Title Effectiveness of a workplace risk assessment team in reducing the rate, cost, and duration of occupational injury
Bibliographic information Feb. 2002, Vol.44, No.2, p.155-159. 15 ref.
Abstract This study evaluated the effectiveness of a consultative workplace risk assessment team in reducing the rate and severity of injury among cleaners in a 600-bed hospital. Cohorts of cleaning services and orderly services staff ever employed within both a 4 year pre-intervention and a three-year post-intervention period were assigned to the intervention and comparison groups, respectively. The date, compensation claims cost, and hours lost from work were obtained for each injury during the study period. Age, sex, work experience and hours worked were ascertained for every subject whether injured or not. Reductions of two thirds in injury rate, 73% in cost, and 43% in duration were evident in the intervention group. The success of the workplace risk assessment team intervention supports the adoption of a participatory approach to reducing the rate and consequence of workplace injury.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; injuries; workers' participation; safety programmes; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) accident absenteeism; economic aspects; hazard evaluation; severity rates; compensation of occupational accidents; frequency rates; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia; Hong Kong
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Workers' participation
Domestic workers
Health care services
Safety programmes