A new study from the Institute for Work & Health concludes that citations with penalties from inspections reduce workplace injuries. Researchers performed a systematic review to determine the effectiveness of the enforcement of occupational safety and health regulation in creating incentives for firms to focus on safety and health issues. While mixed evidence was found on the effectiveness of the general threat of an inspection, the study found strong evidence that actual citations and penalties reduce the frequency or severity of injuries. OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels responded to the findings, stating that, “This confirms what we have been saying for a long time – that OSHA inspections and penalties are important and effective components of a comprehensive strategy to improve workplace safety and health.”
Read the research overview from the Institute for Work & Health here.