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Behavioral modification applied to occupational safety.

Authors
Smith-MJ; Anger-WK; Uslan-SS
Source
J Saf Res 1978 Jun; 10(2):87-88
NIOSHTIC No.
00080493
Abstract
A study of the effectiveness of behavior modification by social reinforcement to increase use of safety glasses by shipfitters was reported. The lack of wearing safety glasses by shipfitters employed in a large shipyard was selected as the target behavior to be modified. First line supervisors were trained to observe and record worker behavior and to praise those employees who wore safety equipment. They also received 5 to 10 hours of classroom training. Rates of eye accidents among four of five crews were reduced after treatment. It was concluded that positive social reinforcement was an effective method for increasing safety patterns in workers, however similar efforts in other industries should be tailored to avoid procedural problems.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Eye-glasses; Eye-protective-equipment; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Accident-prevention; Psychological-factors
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
19780601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0022-4375
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
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