The use of occupational safety and health consultative services among Oregon industries Public Deposited

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  • The study was conducted to evaluate the use and perceived effectiveness of occupational safety and health consultative services among Oregon corporations. The three types of consultative services examined: workers' compensation insurance; private; and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health. The research examined if corporations, categorized by corporation size, within the four high-risk industry classes used each of the three types of consultative services. The four high-risk industry classes included: agriculture; construction; manufacturing; and wood products. Based on the results of the study, fewer than one-half of the respondents reported they had used consultative services; however, two out of three respondents indicated they were aware that consultative services were available. Of the three types of consultative services, workers' compensation insurance consultative services were used most frequently. In contrast, private consultative services were used least frequently even though respondents were most aware of the availability of the services. Overall, small corporations, primarily from the agriculture industry class, used consultative services the least whereas large corporations were most likely to use consultative services. Almost half of all respondents, who were aware of the availability of the consultative services and indicated that they had not used or would not use these services in the future, reported that they believed these services were unnecessary for their corporation. In addition, over half of the respondents cited cost as a prohibitive factor in requesting private consultative services. Among those respondents who implemented the recommendations of occupational safety and health consultants, over 84 percent of the respondents felt that the recommendations were either very effective or somewhat effective for all three types of consultative services. Although this percentage of perceived effectiveness was high, the percentage of respondents who reported that consultative services were instrumental in loss reduction was considerably lower than the perceived effectiveness. This finding indicates that respondents' perceived effectiveness of occupational safety and health consultative services include more than loss reduction elements. Future studies need to discern what these additional elements include.
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