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Workplace hazards and prevention options from a nonrandom sample of retail trade businesses.

Authors
Anderson-VP; Chun-H
Source
Int J Occup Saf Ergon 2014 Jan-Mar; 20(1):181-195
NIOSHTIC No.
20044047
Abstract
Employer commitment is a key factor in an effective safety program, yet limited research has focused on the safety priorities of retail store managers. To address this, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recruited 4 experienced ergonomists, who met and interviewed 9 retailers in different parts of the eastern USA. The reports from the 9 interviews were used to document the hazards facing retailers and the interventions they attempted. Those interviewed were managers/owners of establishments that ranged from a small bakery with 11 employees to a supermarket with 85 or more employees. The main hazards across all establishments included overexertion, contact-with-objects, and falls-to-the-same-level. We also compared the retailers' perceptions of safety hazards with injuries from actual hazards as supplied by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This report provides insight into the retailers' perceptions of safety hazards as well as their commitment to the prevention of workplace injuries.
Keywords
Retail-workers; Management-personnel; Decision-making; Safety-climate; Occupational-safety-programs; Ergonomics; Data-processing; Occupational-hazards; Hazards; Small-businesses; Warehousing; Industrial-hazards; Injuries; Statistical-analysis; Overloading; Manual-materials-handling; Engineering-controls; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Safety-programs; Author Keywords: hazards; interventions; engineering controls; ergonomics; manual materials handling
Contact
Vern Putz Anderson, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 4676 Columbia Pwky, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, USA
CODEN
IJOEF2
Publication Date
20140101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
vep1@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M042014
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1080-3548
NIOSH Division
EID
Priority Area
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
State
OH
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