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Personal protective equipment and work safety climate among Latino poultry processing workers in Western North Carolina, USA.

Authors
Arcury-TA; Grzywacz-JG; Anderson-AM; Mora-DC; Carrillo-L; Chen-H; Quandt-SA
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2012 Dec; 18(4):320-328
NIOSHTIC No.
20042878
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Job-appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is important for decreasing the high rates of occupational injury experienced by poultry processing workers. OBJECTIVES: This analysis describes the job-appropriate PPE provided to poultry processing workers by their employers and the PPE used by these workers, and it delineates the association of work safety climate with job-appropriate PPE. METHODS: Data are from a cross-sectional study of 403 Latino poultry processing workers in North Carolina. RESULTS: Most poultry processing workers are not provided with nor use job-appropriate PPE; however, more workers use PPE than are provided. The provision and use of PPE differs by employer. Work safety climate was associated with use of job-appropriate PPE. CONCLUSIONS: Poultry processing workers should be provided with job-appropriate PPE. Workers' use of PPE is an indicator of safety climate. Further research about work safety climate and other work organization characteristics and job safety characteristics is needed.
Keywords
Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Workers; Work-environment; Demographic-characteristics; Sociological-factors; Injuries; Poultry-workers; Poultry-industry; Analytical-processes; Humans; Men; Women; Safety-clothing; Statistical-analysis; Animals; Food-handlers; Age-groups; Poultry; Author Keywords: Manufacturing; Immigrant workers; Personal protective equipment; Organization of work; Work safety culture
Contact
T. A. Arcury, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
CODEN
IOEHFU
Publication Date
20121201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
tarcury@wakehealth.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-009251
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1077-3525
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
NC
Performing Organization
Wake Forest University Health Sciences - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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