About the Study

In 2018, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and funded contractor Eastern Research Group, Inc. to conduct a study focused on the use of consensus standards for occupational safety and health management systems (Employer Adoption of Voluntary Health and Safety Standards). The evaluation aims to shed light on employer motivations for adopting such systems, the processes involved in implementing and certifying them, and the expected and actual benefits of their use.

This Department of Labor-funded study was a result of the Department’s research priorities. It contributes to the labor evidence-base to inform Employer Compliance and Enforcement – Wages and Earnings programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.

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Project Duration: 54 months

Contract End Date: February 2023

Contractor: ERG

For More Information: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.