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Issue of Compliance with Use of Personal Protective Equipment among Wastewater Workers across the Southeast Region of the United States

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Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30460, USA
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Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30460, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(11), 2009; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16112009
Received: 28 April 2019 / Revised: 23 May 2019 / Accepted: 3 June 2019 / Published: 5 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Safety and Analysis)
Wastewater workers are exposed to different occupational hazards such as chemicals, gases, viruses, and bacteria. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a significant factor that can reduce or decrease the probability of an accident from hazardous exposures to chemicals and microbial contaminants. The purpose of this study was to examine wastewater worker’s beliefs and practices on wearing PPE through the integration of the Health Belief Model (HBM), identify the impact that management has on wastewater workers wearing PPE, and determine the predictors of PPE compliance among workers in the wastewater industry. Data was collected from 272 wastewater workers located at 33 wastewater facilities across the southeast region of the United States. Descriptive statistical analysis was conducted to present frequency distributions of participants’ knowledge and compliance with wearing PPE. Univariate and multiple linear regression models were applied to determine the association of predictors of interest with PPE compliance. Wastewater workers were knowledgeable of occupational exposures and PPE requirements at their facility. Positive predictors of PPE compliance were perceived susceptibility and perceived severity of contracting an occupational illness (p < 0.05). A negative association was identified between managers setting the example of wearing PPE sometimes and PPE compliance (p < 0.05). Utilizing perceived susceptibility and severity for safety programs and interventions may improve PPE compliance among wastewater workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational exposures; personal protective equipment; safety training; Health Belief Model; wastewater workers occupational exposures; personal protective equipment; safety training; Health Belief Model; wastewater workers
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Wright, T.; Adhikari, A.; Yin, J.; Vogel, R.; Smallwood, S.; Shah, G. Issue of Compliance with Use of Personal Protective Equipment among Wastewater Workers across the Southeast Region of the United States. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2009.

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