This paper is a first effort to investigate the overall effectiveness of policies adopted by a Canadian board dealing with occupational safety and health in improving workplace health and safety. More specifically, considering all the most important aspects of government intervention in occupational safety and health (accident prevention, experience rating and compensation), the paper analyzes the performance of the Quebec occupational safety and health board in reducing the frequency and the severity of workplace accidents during the period 1983-87. The results show that, at best, certain measures adopted by the Quebec occupational safety and health board led to a minor reduction in the frequency of accidents during the period under study.
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