IETI Transactions on Ergonomics and Safety

ISSN 2520-5439

DOI: 10.6722/TES

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Zunjic

2018 Volume 2 Issue 1

The economics of health and safety at work: a critical review (full text in pdf)
Antonis Targoutzidis
ELINYAE, 26th October Str. 90, Thessaloniki, Greece
Abstract The economic aspect of health and safety at work is increasingly gaining attention as a key factor influencing relevant policy, both in social and corporate level. Currently, this research is focused on the estimation of the large social costs of occupational accidents and diseases, as well as to the economic evaluation of interventions for health and safety at work, aiming to awareness raising of decision makers in government and enterprise level respectively. Several issues concerning the accuracy of these estimates, as well as their usefulness as a tool, rather than as a reference, in decision making are presented and discussed. Alternatively, the research on externalization of costs and inequalities is proposed as a direction of research that could offer more for decision making on Occupational Health and Safety policy.
Keywords: Economics of Health and Safety; cost of occupational accidents and diseases; occupational accidents and the Economy.