NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals
9277233 - Small Business Interventions (pallet)Start Date: 3/1/2001
End Date: 9/30/2009
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Robert Malkin
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal Addressed8.0
Secondary Goal AddressedNone
Attributed to Manufacturing100%
The goal of this project is to determine whether receipt of a NIOSH informational manual results in the progression of the stage of change of the recipient, as described in the transtheoretical model (TTM) of Prochaska and DiClemente (1984). We will mail a NIOSH informational document composed of a specially tailored manual and a flip-chart of posters to a random sample of 90 pallet manufacturers and use questionnaires administered over the telephone to:
This project will determine whether receipt of a NIOSH informational manual targeted to the specific needs and concerns of the audience results in a progression along the stage of change of a group of pallet manufacturers, as described in the transtheoretical model (TTM) of Prochaska and DiClemente (1984). These stages are defined as follows: 1) pre-contemplation-people are unaware of problems and are not thinking seriously about changing within the next 6 months 2) contemplation-the stage where people become aware that a problem exists and intend to take action within the next 6 months 3) preparation-intending to take action in the next 30 days 4) action-people change their overt behavior and made changes less than 6 months ago and 5) maintenance-people continue the gains obtained during the action stage. The TTM has been used in the treatment of drug addiction, alcoholism, diet and weight gain but has rarely been applied to occupational health and safety. The hypothesis is that the receipt of the specially constructed informational manual and a flip-chart of posters by the pallet manufacturing business owner/manager will motivate him/her to advance their present stage of change more than members of a control group, who did not receive the materials. Both the treatment group and the control group will be composed of either owners or managers of a pallet manufacturing company, and not of workers. Each member of the treatment group will receive an introductory questionnaire over the telephone and then receive the NIOSH informational material. They will then be interviewed 5 months later to determine if their stage of change has progressed. We are especially interested in tracking actions taken by decision makers to improve OSH at their facility. We will also query the control group.
The objective of this project is to improve occupational safety and health by developing an educational manual for pallet manufacturing company owners/managers that addresses deficiencies in occupational safety and health (OSH) at pallet manufacturing companies. The use of this manual will make the owner more aware of OSH and result in their progressing along the transtheoretical model of change and more likely to initiate changes in their workplace.
This project will determine if receipt of a NIOSH informational manual targeted to the specific needs of the industry results in a progression along the stage of change model of Prochaska and DiClemente. The informational manual will provide the owners/managers with an overview of occupational safety and health (OSH) hazards in the wood pallet manufacturing industry and offer suggestions to control those hazards.