Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Personal Protective Equipment Use among Steel Industry Workers in Thailand

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  • Kulitsara Kralam College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
  • Nutta Taneepanichskul College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand

Keywords:

Steel industry worker, Personal protective equipment use, Thailand

Abstract

Background: Steel industry workers have been involved in several hazards such as heat, noise and some chemicals because of a complexity of operation process. Personal protective equipment (PPE) plays its important role in protection and prevention workers from exposing to those hazards and workers’ health. Therefore, current study aimed to access levels of knowledge, attitude and practice on personal protective equipment use and to examine an association among those levels among steel workers.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 336 workers from scrap preparation and rolling mill department in a steel industry. Face to face interview was conducted for each worker to complete questionnaire. Bivariate analysis was applied by using Chi-square test.

Results: Average age (±standard deviation) of participants was 36.58 (±9.47) years. Most of them had worked in the steel industry less than 5 years. Most of work hazards reported by workers were noise and dust 100%. Percentages of the practice of workers 39.9% that using PPE to protect themselves from their work, 81.2% of the workers using helmet, 87.95% of the workers using safety shoes and 86.17% of the workers using boots. Around 50% of workers reported as always use ear plug and ear muff. Sixty-two percent of participants were classified their knowledge regarding PPE use in good level. Attitude and practice towards PPE use among majority of workers were also sorted into moderate levels. Knowledge and attitude levels of those workers were associated with their practice level (p-value <0.001)

Conclusion: An association among knowledge, attitude and practice levels provided solid evidences to strengthen an encouragement of PPE use among steel workers by providing an innovative intervention.

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Kralam, K., & Taneepanichskul, N. (2017). Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Personal Protective Equipment Use among Steel Industry Workers in Thailand. Journal of Health Research, 30(Suppl. 2), S161-S165. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jhealthres/article/view/80739

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