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Document ID (ISN)100875
CIS number 02-1904
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2155-3
Year 2002
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 028
Author(s) Hughson G.W., Mulholland R.E., Cowie H.A.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Behavioural studies of people's attitudes to wearing hearing protection and how these might be changed
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2002. vi, 116p. 22 ref. Price: GBP 20.00.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Workers exposed to noise do not always wear hearing protection when they should. This is due to a range of physical, ergonomic and behavioural factors. This report describes a study carried out to identify ways in which workers' behaviour could be modified so as to make them more likely to adopt hearing protection. In a first phase, a range of companies were visited to assess the degree of workers' use and acceptance of hearing protection and to determine what action management had taken to encourage its use. In a second phase, examples of good practice were identified from these surveys and from the literature, and implemented into workplace interventions that were carried out in four of the companies previously visited. The interventions included providing suitable training and information, offering alternative types of hearing protection, and coaching management in basic feedback and communication techniques for encouraging workers to modify their behaviour.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; safety consciousness; disobeying safety instructions; safety training in industry; human behaviour
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; information dissemination; United Kingdom; safety and health training; survey; safe working methods; role of management; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) OSH training
Safety culture and safety consciousness
Psychological factors
Hearing protection