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  • Promoting a Healthier Workforce

    Health and Productivity Management

  • The Integrated Health and Safety Index

    The rise of interest in health and safety measures as indicators of corporate value is gaining traction among thought leaders, who believe a universal system of health and safety metrics reporting could emerge as a new standard of valuation, much as social and environmental sustainability emerged as corporate indicators via the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in the late 1990s.

    Taking into account the global success and impact of the DJSI, and increasing discussions among workplace health experts about the need for standardized, public metrics reporting of health and safety data, ACOEM and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have partnered to create a consistent, replicable, public metrics reporting system similar to DJSI, making it possible for investors to assess the business value of health and safety. One of the long-term goals of this effort is to help propel faster establishment of true cultures of integrated health and safety in the workplace – just as the DJSI led to greater corporate adoption of economic, social and environmental sustainability programs in the late 1990s.

    The resulting system, called the Integrated Health and Safety Index, uses a 1,000 point assessment scale that employers can use to measure their performance in three key dimensions of sustainability modeled by the DJSI: economic, social and environmental. The Index provides a vital resource to assess your company’s effectiveness in providing a safe and healthy workplace. By using the “Guide to a Healthy and Safe Workplace” and the IHS Checklist, contained in this document, along with the IHS Index Self-Assessment Tool, you can determine your company’s ability to maintain and enhance workplace safety and health. Using all of these resources to review and rate your company’s progress in meeting standards for excellence will provide valuable insight into areas for improvement.

    To access the Integrated Health and Safety Index and the IHS Index Self-Assessment Tool, click on the links below: