The Economics of Occupational Safety and Health – Recent findings and hands on-calculation

The World Health Organization has deemed coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, a global pandemic and confirmed cases have grown exponentially in many countries.

Experts expect confirmed cases to grow in the Nordics as well. The virus has infected hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

To help slow the spread of the virus, governments in the Nordics have suggested that large gatherings be avoided, and many companies and organisations have inflicted travel restrictions.

Therefore, we are postponing the course The Economics of Occupational Safety and Health.

We will reschedule the course and will inform you about the new dates as soon as they are set.


The intention of this OSH Economics course is to provide participants with methodological skills and practical capabilities to undertake and evaluate economic analyses on OSH issues. The course will be held on a level which is comprehensible also for non-economists. Some other issues will also be addressed with the aim of increasing the awareness of the value of economic calculations in the internal OSH governance.

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is:

  • to present recent international research findings and cases related to the economic analysis of OSH activities.
  • to demonstrate the basic approaches of making economic analysis in the OSH area
  • to help participants to make economic evaluations of their own cases
  • to improve the participants' ability to reason in economic terms about OSH
  • to provide guidance on preparing a business case.

Target group

  • OSH officials of private and public organisations
  • policy makers
  • OSH researchers

Main topics

  • The state of art in the economics of OSH
  • Promotion and economic assessment of personnel productivity
  • The personnel, well-being and health as intangible assets
  • Calculation models
  • Cases and their costing
  • Practical calculation sessions
  • The business case for health and safety

Registration deadline

The registration is closed.




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 500 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 320
  • The day package II fee of EUR 180
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 320 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 820 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 320).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 180 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 680 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 180).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 27th –29th of April 2020 at Quality Hotel The Mill, Malmö, Sweden.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation by emailing the hotel directly at or by phone +4640 664 6000. When calling please choose 4 Packages and special reservations. Please refer to Niva and the booking code 2033GR001073 when booking the room (available until 27.3.2020).

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1150 (approx. EUR 110)/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until 27th of March 2020.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by February, 26th 2020: full refund
    Cancellations received by February, 27th 2020 or later: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course leader
Guy Ahonen, Professor, Affiliated researcher at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Cecilia Weckman
mobile: +358 40 1258 748

Course venue

Quality Hotel The Mill, Amiralsgatan 19, 211 55 Malmö, Sweden

Course program


Economic considerations are of major importance when making decisions about the content and scope of OSH activities, both at the workplace and national levels. Consequently, there is great value in having up to date knowledge on recent evidence in the area and on practical methods to conduct and evaluate economic…

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Course Leader

Guy Ahonen 1


Emile Tompa 1
Jukka Takala
Ossi Aura
Steinar Aasnaess
Tomi Hussi

General information

Course fee and payment The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA. Accommodation For more information about accommodation options, please see the…

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