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Effective and reliable behavioral control technology.
Hopkins-BL; Conard-RJ; Smith-MJ
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 1986 Dec; 47(12):785-791
Site visits were carried out to 15 different plants making fiberglass reinforced styrene (100425) plastic products, and literature was surveyed to identify behaviors and plant conditions that might be useful in reducing occupational exposures to styrene. Workers performing spraying, layup, and rollout operations were observed in order to identify two classes of behavioral events which may influence exposures: work practice behaviors and housekeeping conditions resulting from behaviors. Worker suggestions were encouraged. Ten work practice behaviors and 20 housekeeping conditions were selected as most important. Employees from three plants who worked in the gelcoat spraying, chop spraying, and rollout and layup operations were invited to participate in a training program to teach the selected behaviors. A behavior maintenance program was developed to encourage continued use after training. All behaviors increased rapidly with the beginning of training, and all substantially exceeded 90 percent soon after training. Post training exposures decreased to 21 parts per million (ppm), representing a 38 percent decrease.
NIOSH-Author; Factory-workers; Industrial-hygiene; Behavioral-tests; Work-practices; Skin-exposure; Occupational-exposure; Industrial-engineering
Issue of Publication
American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division