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Behavioral modification applied to occupational safety.
Smith MJ; Anger WK; Uslan SS
J Saf Res 1978 Jun; 10(2):87-88
A study of the effectiveness of behavior modification by social reinforcement to increase use of safety glasses by shipfitters was reported. The lack of wearing safety glasses by shipfitters employed in a large shipyard was selected as the target behavior to be modified. First line supervisors were trained to observe and record worker behavior and to praise those employees who wore safety equipment. They also received 5 to 10 hours of classroom training. Rates of eye accidents among four of five crews were reduced after treatment. It was concluded that positive social reinforcement was an effective method for increasing safety patterns in workers, however similar efforts in other industries should be tailored to avoid procedural problems.
NIOSH-Author; Eye-glasses; Eye-protective-equipment; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Accident-prevention; Psychological-factors
Issue of Publication
Journal of Safety Research
Page last reviewed: January 28, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division