Personal protective equipment and work safety climate among Latino poultry processing workers in Western North Carolina, USA.
Arcury-TA; Grzywacz-JG; Anderson-AM; Mora-DC; Carrillo-L; Chen-H; Quandt-SA
Int J Occup Environ Health 2012 Dec; 18(4):320-328
BACKGROUND: Job-appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is important for decreasing the high rates of occupational injury experienced by poultry processing workers. OBJECTIVES: This analysis describes the job-appropriate PPE provided to poultry processing workers by their employers and the PPE used by these workers, and it delineates the association of work safety climate with job-appropriate PPE. METHODS: Data are from a cross-sectional study of 403 Latino poultry processing workers in North Carolina. RESULTS: Most poultry processing workers are not provided with nor use job-appropriate PPE; however, more workers use PPE than are provided. The provision and use of PPE differs by employer. Work safety climate was associated with use of job-appropriate PPE. CONCLUSIONS: Poultry processing workers should be provided with job-appropriate PPE. Workers' use of PPE is an indicator of safety climate. Further research about work safety climate and other work organization characteristics and job safety characteristics is needed.
Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Workers; Work-environment; Demographic-characteristics; Sociological-factors; Injuries; Poultry-workers; Poultry-industry; Analytical-processes; Humans; Men; Women; Safety-clothing; Statistical-analysis; Animals; Food-handlers; Age-groups; Poultry;
Author Keywords: Manufacturing; Immigrant workers; Personal protective equipment; Organization of work; Work safety culture
T. A. Arcury, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Wake Forest University Health Sciences - Winston-Salem, North Carolina