How safe are Ontario’s workplaces and are they getting safer?
The Health and Safety Index is designed to answer that simple question.
It all comes down to a single measure.
That measure will show at a glance how overall workplace health and safety changes in Ontario from year to year.
The Health and Safety Index will also tell us where we need to focus our efforts to make workers and workplaces healthier and safer.
Measuring health and safety
Rather than measuring health and safety in individual workplaces, the index looks at Ontario as a whole.
To measure overall health and safety, we look at five components:
Prevention - what is done to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses, like avoiding unnecessary risks and following health and safety rules Worker empowerment - how people are involved in keeping workplaces healthy and safe Workplace culture - how employees think about the priority placed on health and safety where they work Enforcement - the fines, orders and convictions for poor health and safety practices Injuries - the injuries that occur and how often, how long it takes people to get back to work, and the severity of the injuries, including loss of life.
Components of the Health and Safety Index
How it all adds up
The components are scored based on workplace health and safety data covering almost every sector of Ontario’s economy. Each component is weighted in relation to the others, and the five scores are added up to reach the single index measure.
The Index will track yearly change in Ontario’s overall workplace health and safety, and will be updated annually.
Because some index data did not exist before 2016, overall change from 2016 to 2017 cannot be measured, so the first single index number will be published in 2018.
For details about the methodology and rationale behind the index, please read the Technical Paper.
Weights were derived from the data that had been collected to date. In accordance with best practice, weighting will be recalculated prior to launch in 2018.
Group,OverallWeight,DrillDown, Measure,InternalWeight, Measure,InternalWeight,Measure,InternalWeight,
Prevention,24,1,inspections,27,work activities,48, work support,25
Empowerment,10,2,complaints,39,work involvement,32, work refusals,29
Culture,40,3,awareness of legislation,44,work culture,28, work leadership,28
Severity,11,5,injuries,27,on benefits for 30 days,24, severity,37