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Pretesting the survey of respirator uses and practices (SRUP): cognitive and field testing of a new establishment survey.

Fisher SK; Frampton K; Tran R
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association, August 5-9, 2001. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association, 2001 Aug; :1-6
Respirators are used to minimize or eliminate potential health risks to employees stemming from occupational hazards found in many industries. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a new survey, the "Survey of Respirator Uses and Practices (SRUP)," to collect accurate information about respirator use in U.S. establishments. This paper describes pretesting activities conducted to refine and evaluate the SRUP, including 12 cognitive interviews conducted with 11 large, medium, and small establishments with varied respirator usage. Interviews assessed concepts, forms design, problem-solving and data retrieval approaches, and potential response problems associated with the form and establishment record-keeping process. Results were incorporated within a field test version of the SRUP completed by 95 U.S. establishments. Field test follow-up activities included telephone interviews with both respondents and non-respondents. Study results provide insight into establishment respondents' ability to navigate through a complex form with multiple skip patterns and technical terminology.
Respirators; Work-practices; Questionnaires; Occupations; Information-retrieval-systems; Respiratory-protection; Standards; Author Keywords: Establishment surveys; pretesting methods; cognitive interviews; field testing
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Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association, August 5-9, 2001
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC
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