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The Impact of Social and Organizational Factors on Workers’ Use of Personal Protective Equipment: A Multilevel Approach

Torp, Steffen PhD; Grøgaard, Jens B. PhD; Moen, Bente E. MD; Bråtveit, Magne PhD

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Objective: On the basis of the job demands-control-support model by Karasek and Theorell, we investigated how social and organizational factors influence workers’ use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed among 1420 workers in 203 motor vehicle-repair garages. Multilevel modeling was performed to account for the hierarchical structure of the data.

Results: Social and management support correlated positively with PPE use at the worker level. Low demands measured at the garage level and having a health and safety management system at the garage also correlated with active use of PPE. An interaction effect between social support and garage-level demands was observed.

Conclusions: In addition to health information and provision of PPE, focusing on social and organizational factors seems necessary to get more workers to comply with the instructions on PPE use.

©2005The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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