Development of Cost Estimation Tools for Total Occupational Safety and Health Activities and Occupational Health Services: Cost Estimation from a Corporate Perspective

Tomohisa Nagata, Koji Mori, Yutaka Aratake, Hiroshi Ide, Hiromi Ishida, Junichiro Nobori, Reiko Kojima, Kiminori Odagami, Anna Kato, Akizumi Tsutsumi, Shinya Matsuda
<span title="">2014</span> <i title="Japan Society for Occupational Health"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Journal of Occupational Health</a> </i> &nbsp;
information on OSH activities and occupational health services. Conclusions: The standardized information obtained from our OSH and occupational health cost estimation tools can be used to manage OSH costs, make comparisons of OSH costs between companies and organizations and help occupational health physicians and employers to determine the best course of action. (J Occup Health 2014; 56: 215-224) Occupational safety and health (OSH) activities are conducted as part of business administration
more &raquo; ... nd entail corporate costs. Companies have to adhere to legal, financial and moral requirements of OSH 1) , and employers have to consider the welfare of their employees and provide adequate OSH to ensure that activities are efficient and productive. Employers have a need for relevant and comparable information so that they can prioritize their budget and thus attain the greatest OSH gains for their workforce 2−4) . OSH staff implement OSH activities according to a company's individual policies while at the same time maintaining communication with employers and employees and attempting to provide the highest quality OSH at an appropriate cost 5) . OSH costs are not wasted expenses but an investment in prevention. Especially in occupational health (OH) services as forms of health management and health promotion, OH costs are a human resource investment for improvement of health and wellness Abstract: Development of Cost Estimation Tools for Total Occupational Safety and Health Activities and Occupational Health Services: Cost Estimation from a Corporate Perspective: Tomohisa NAGATA, et al. Department of Occupational Health Practice and Management, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan-Objectives: The aim of the present study was to develop standardized cost estimation tools that provide information to employers about occupational safety and health (OSH) activities for effective and efficient decision making in Japanese companies. Methods: We interviewed OSH staff members including full-time professional occupational physicians to list all OSH activities. Using activity-based costing, cost data were obtained from retrospective analyses of occupational safety and health costs over a 1-year period in three manufacturing workplaces and were obtained from retrospective analyses of occupational health services costs in four manufacturing workplaces. We verified the tools additionally in four workplaces including service businesses. Results: We created the OSH and occupational health standardized cost estimation tools. OSH costs consisted of personnel costs, expenses, outsourcing costs and investments for 15 OSH activities. The tools provided accurate, relevant
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