What is meant by an effective management system, and how can we know how effective
our system is? In other words, how can we know if the way we are operating our OH&S
management system is likely to yield the benefits shown in the research study?
A recent research study, summarised in this paper, has provided encouraging
evidence that organisations benefit from having a certified occupational health
and safety (OH&S) management system, on average experiencing fewer total
cases of injuries and ill-health in the years following their certification than
equivalent uncertified organisations.