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22/09/2014

The business case for safety and health: Cost–benefit analyses of interventions in small and medium-sized enterprises

The business case for safety and health: Cost–benefit analyses of interventions in small and medium-sized enterprises

This report examines the economic aspects of occupational safety and health (OSH) interventions in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). First, case studies in the existing literature were identified and examined. Second, 13 new case studies on OSH initiatives in European SMEs were developed, with a business case for each intervention prepared according to a common model. The OSH interventions studied were generally profitable, and these new case studies therefore provide a useful tool to allow owners and managers of SMEs an insight into the potential benefits of improving OSH and the key factors involved in carrying out a cost–benefit analysis.

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