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Generalization of medical and health compliance research to coal mine safety.
Cole-HP; Berger-PK; Garrity-TF; Auvenshine-CD; Szwilski-AB
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, OFR 112-85, 1985 JanM; :1-206
Methods for increasing compliance to medical and health regimens were reviewed along with similar research in industrial and mine safety. Principles abstracted from both areas suggest that compliance with health and safety practices is improved when (1) workers are cooperatively involved with management in setting safety goals and planning for their achievement, (2) the program has the support of workers, supervisors, and management, (3) specific tasks responsible for injuries are targeted, (4) company organizational policy, educational, and behavioral programs work together toward the same goals, (5) workers and supervisors are frequently informed about their degree of correct task performance, and (6) programs are monitored by the frequency of correct performance of targeted tasks (the means to lowered accident rates) rather than by lowered accident and injury rates themselves (the goals for safety programs.) Safety programs that incorporate these principles increase persons' adherence to specified health and safety practices and subsequently decrease injury rates.
Industrial hygiene; Coal mines; Safety; Accident prevention; Research; Occupational safety and health; Compliance; Training programs
CP; Final Contract Report
NTIS Accession No.
OFR 112-85; Contract-P0333468
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, OFR 112-85
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