Title: Developing leading indicators from OHS management audit data
Category: Intervention Research
Subcategory: Intervention Research
The development of leading OHS indicators for use across many workplaces is an ongoing challenge. This project will analyze data already collected through an audit program, to determine whether OHS management audit items naturally group together to form a single metric or multiple metrics and whether audit metric(s) are predictive of later firm claim experience, and to make recommendations toward the development of a short version of the audit instrument.
Experts with field experience in OHS management (e.g. auditors, consultants) will be consulted at two points during the study, so that their opinions could help guide the analytical course of the project. The objectives of the study are:
1. To determine whether OHS management audit items naturally group together to form a single metric or multiple metrics.
2. To determine how predictive audit metric(s) are of later firm claim experience.
3. To make recommendations, based on data analyses and expert opinion, toward the development of a short version of the audit instrument.
• Establish validated leading indicators based on audit data, which could be applied in monitoring and evaluating workplaces.
• Generate preliminary recommendations for a short form of the audit instrument, based on statistical analysis and expert opinion. A short form could be suitable for some applications and offer cost savings relative to the original.
• Provide a model for developing evidence-based audit methods that may be used by others.
Lynda S. Robson, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Benjamin C. Amick, Ivan Steenstra, Dwayne Van Eerd (Institute for Work & Health)
Year Funded: 2010
Funding Agency: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
Link to research website: www.iwh.on.ca
Keywords: Leading indicators, Audit, OHS Management, Validity, Management