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The Emerging Workforce of International University Student Workers: Injury Experience in an Australian University

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Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Faculty of Public Health, Hasanuddin University, Makassar 90245, Indonesia
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School of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
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Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(3), 456; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030456
Received: 11 January 2018 / Revised: 13 February 2018 / Accepted: 1 March 2018 / Published: 6 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Issues in Occupational Safety and Health)
International university students are a growing section of the workforce and are thought to be at greater risk of injury. Qualitative studies have highlighted vulnerabilities, but there is a shortage of quantitative research exploring the injury experience and associated risk factors of this emerging issue. In this study, a total of 466 university student workers across a range of study programs in a single Australian university completed an online survey, with questions relating to their background, working experience, training and injury experience. Risk factors for injury were explored in a multivariate statistical model. More than half had not received any safety training before they started work, and 10% reported having had a work injury. About half of these injuries occurred after training. Statistically significant risk factors for injury included working more than 20 h per week (adjusted odds ratio 2.20 (95% CI 1.03–4.71) and lack of confidence in discussing safety issues (AOR 2.17; 95% CI 1.13–4.16). The findings suggest the need for a more engaging and effective approach to safety education and a limit on working hours. This situation is a moral challenge for universities, in that they are effectively sponsoring young workers in the community. It is recommended that longitudinal studies of international student workers be conducted. View Full-Text
Keywords: international students; university; worker; injury; risk factor international students; university; worker; injury; risk factor
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Thamrin, Y.; Pisaniello, D.; Guerin, C.; Rothmore, P. The Emerging Workforce of International University Student Workers: Injury Experience in an Australian University. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 456. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030456

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Thamrin Y, Pisaniello D, Guerin C, Rothmore P. The Emerging Workforce of International University Student Workers: Injury Experience in an Australian University. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(3):456. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030456

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Thamrin, Yahya, Dino Pisaniello, Cally Guerin, and Paul Rothmore. 2018. "The Emerging Workforce of International University Student Workers: Injury Experience in an Australian University" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 3: 456. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030456

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