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Piloting a personal protection equipment distribution program among Chicago day laborers.

Authors
Contreras-E; Buchanan-S
Source
Am J Ind Med 2012 Feb; 55(2):159-166
NIOSHTIC No.
20040242
Abstract
Background: Occupational injury rates among day laborers have been estimated to be as high as 31%, where lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) use is repeatedly noted as a contributor to occupational injuries. Methods: We distributed duffel bags containing nine pieces of PPE and provided training on their use to Chicago day laborers during six distribution sessions over two summers. Participants were contacted 4-8 weeks post-distribution and queried on PPE use. Results: Of 117 participants who received the equipment, 42 completed the follow-up survey. Workers performed construction, demolition, and painting type tasks and most often used gloves, safety glasses, and respirators. Hardhats, coveralls, and earplugs were the least used. Conclusions: The PPE we provided was used during 94% of the jobs, and every one of the nine items was used. Hearing protection was underused. This project showed that providing PPE, along with training on its use, may increase PPE use among Chicago day laborers, likely preventing occupational injuries.
Keywords
Worker-health; Racial-factors; Personal-protective-equipment; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Training; Health-surveys; Construction; Construction-workers; Hearing-protection; Author Keywords: day laborers; personal protective equipment; PPE training; occupational injuries; Latino workers
Contact
Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 2121 WestTaylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20120201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
sbucha3@uic.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672; Grant-Number-T42-CCT-522954; B02012012
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
IL
Performing Organization
University of Illinois at Chicago
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