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Document ID (ISN)106659
CIS number 07-689
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Martins Arezes P., SÚrgio Miguel A.
Title Does risk recognition affect workers' hearing protection utilisation rate?
Bibliographic information Dec. 2006, Vol.36, No.12, p.1037-1043. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract This study was carried out on a sample of 434 industrial workers exposed to noise pressure levels greater than the action level defined in Portuguese legislation (85dB(A)). A questionnaire was developed to assess workers' risk perception of high-noise exposure and their utilization of hearing protection devices (HPD). Multivariate data analysis of several variables revealed that risk recognition in general, and self-efficacy, in particular play a significant role as a predictor of workers' behaviour with respect to the use of HPD. Results suggest that risk recognition should be considered as an essential issue in the design and implementation of any hearing conservation programme, in particular in workers' training. In industrial environments, it is very likely to find several workers sharing the same workplaces and being exposed to the same noise pressure levels, who have different perceptions of the risks they are exposed to. These different perceptions could lead to different workers' attitudes and behaviours.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; hearing conservation; risk awareness; noise level
Descriptors (secondary) Portugal; information of personnel; questionnaire survey; human behaviour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePortugal
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hearing protection
Psychological factors