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Effects of workplace thermal conditions on safe work behavior.

Authors
Ramsey-JD; Burford-CL; Beshir-MY; Jensen-RC
Source
J Saf Res 1983 Sep; 14(3):105-114
NIOSHTIC No.
00150225
Abstract
Correlations between safety related worker behavior and thermal conditions in the workplace were investigated in two industrial facilities. Heat exposure measurements were taken and behavioral observations were made over a 14 month period for a total of 17,000 observations. Data was collected regarding: day of the week; time of observation; date; outside ambient temperature conditions; machine/work station number; observed safe or unsafe behaviors and conditions; estimated employee workload at time of observation; and a set of thermal measures. Independent variables included ambient temperature, workload, job risk group, period of the day, and day of the week. The dependent variable was a measure of unsafe behavior. Temperatures below and above those typically preferred by most people had a significantly detrimental effect on the safety related behavior of workers. The minimum unsafe behavior index occurred within a zone of preferred temperature, which was approximately 17 to 23 degrees-C. Other factors such as workload and time during shift also had significant effects on safety behavior. The authors conclude that the thermal environment of the workplace has significant influences on the safety behavior of workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Health-hazards; Work-analysis; Thermal-radiation; Occupational-hazards; Health-protection; Hazards; Thermal-properties; Workers; Safety-research; Occupations; Industrial-environment
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
19830901
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0022-4375
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
WV
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