Evaluation of interventions

Safe Work Australia has published a Literature Review on the effectiveness of regulatory intervention. Relatively little work has been undertaken in either Australia or overseas to determine the effectiveness of interventions used by work health and safety regulators. Safe Work Australia hopes that our literature review can add to the world wide body of knowledge on this subject.

Harmonisation of Work Health and Safety

In 2008 the Council of Australian Governments signed the Intergovernmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety. Safe Work Australia evaluates the impact of the model laws to assist in identifying and improving policy and regulatory issues. Four main data sources are used:

  • documents including Acts, regulations, codes of practice, policies, procedures, guidance materials
  • administrative data generated through the normal operations of the work health and safety jurisdictions
  • existing surveys and data sets such as workers’ compensation and coroner’s data; and
  • new surveys on perceptions of work health and safety activities and costs.

Earlier evaluation work

2013: Effectiveness of Work Health and Safety Interventions by Regulators: A Literature Review

2008: A Review of Key Characteristics That Determine the Efficacy of OHS Instruments

2008: The Health of Nations: The Value of a Statistical Life

2004: How SMEs access information on OHS and Workers Compensation - a Sensis Report March 2004 (Archived)

2003: Evaluating Government OHS Interventions Workshop Exercise/Guide

2003: Improving Occupational Health & Safety Policy through Intervention Research Appendix A

2002: The Intervention Research Process in Occupational Safety & Health Appendix B

2001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems: A review

2000: On-the spot fines and preventative OHS behaviour

1996: Health and Safety Management Systems - An Analysis of System Types and Effectiveness


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