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 (ERG) 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). This systematic review aims to provide a clear understanding of the various voluntary, consensus-based Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) standards, how they are developed and by whom, and the similarities and differences across them. The report also describes what kinds of employers choose to adopt the standards and become certified to them, and how many have done so.

This Department of Labor-funded study was a result of a result of the Department’s research priorities. It contributes to the labor evidence-base to inform Worker Protection, Labor Standards, and Workplace-Related Benefits programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.

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Project Duration: 53 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.