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Case Study: The Importance Of The Assessment Technique In Chemical Safety Training On A College Campus, James H. Withers, Steven A. Freeman Sep 2013

Case Study: The Importance Of The Assessment Technique In Chemical Safety Training On A College Campus, James H. Withers, Steven A. Freeman

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Safety training is an integral part of every organization's overall safety program. A variety of delivery methods are used to conduct training with the most common learning outcome being performance on a written exam. The safety professional must consider numerous issues when composing a written exam, including question design and exam difficulty, to establish a meaningful passing level and to assess overall training effectiveness. A research study was undertaken to further explore issues related to question design and exam difficulty relative to a chemical safety course offered in both classroom- and computer-based formats on a college campus. The objectives ...


Agricultural Health Study Participants Encouraged To Respond, Elizabeth J. Buffington Jun 2013

Agricultural Health Study Participants Encouraged To Respond, Elizabeth J. Buffington

Integrated Crop Management News

Be a part of important research about the health of farmers and their spouses by completing the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) survey. The health follow up will be mailed starting in June 2013 to all AHS participants. Over 40,000 people completed the last interview, and the study investigators would like even more to participate this time around.


How To Use Reflective And Fluorescent Tape To Increase Visibility, H. Mark Hanna, Charles V. Schwab May 2013

How To Use Reflective And Fluorescent Tape To Increase Visibility, H. Mark Hanna, Charles V. Schwab

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Recommendations and instructions on the use of reflective and fluorescent tape to increase visibility of farm vehicles.


Confronting Inequity: Participatory Education Impacting Health At Work, Joseph P. Zanoni May 2013

Confronting Inequity: Participatory Education Impacting Health At Work, Joseph P. Zanoni

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis

Occupational health educators partnering with Latina/o immigrant communities are challenged to cross the boundaries of traditional dominant culture assumptions about knowledge and action. Together they seek to understand the risks that workers face daily, their pressing needs to work for survival, and the limitations of bringing institutional enforcement to their workplaces. A critical ethnographic approach may start with understanding how knowledge and practices are held and used in immigrant communities and the role of social agency in responding to learning and workplace hazards. Peer educators leading popular education curricula, in community-based organizations, is a promising approach. The effect of ...


The Effect Of Table Tennis Racket Design On Wrist Motion, Sicong Chen Jan 2013

The Effect Of Table Tennis Racket Design On Wrist Motion, Sicong Chen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Unnatural postures have been identified as risk factors for hand/wrist injury problems. These postures are usually adopted among table tennis players. In attempt to alleviate wrist

discomfort, alternative table tennis rackets have been designed to reduce awkward postures. Tenaly racket and Brodmann racket are the most representative rackets and are both currently

available in the market. Additionally, a new horizontal racket was designed for this study, aiming to reduce wrist motion in the radial-ulnar plane. In this research, Tenaly racket, Brodmann racket, horizontal racket, together with traditional racket were evaluated in terms of performance, wrist range of motion, muscle ...


Food Safety Practices And Managers' Perceptions: A Qualitative Study In Hospitality, Susan W. Arendt, Paola Paez, Catherine Strohbehn Jan 2013

Food Safety Practices And Managers' Perceptions: A Qualitative Study In Hospitality, Susan W. Arendt, Paola Paez, Catherine Strohbehn

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

Foodservice managers are responsible for making sure employees follow safe food handling practices so customers do not become ill from unsafe food. Therefore, this study ascertained managers’ perspectives using two methods of data analysis to answer the question, “What would make managers more effective in their role of assuring safe food practices are followed in the workplace?” Focus groups with current and future foodservice managers were conducted. The software program, Atlas.ti™ was used to complement researchers’ analyses of focus group transcripts and develop visual representations of qualitative data. Major thematic categories identified by the managers in this study included ...


Effectiveness Of Food Safety Managerial Training: Face-To-Face Or Computer-Based Delivery, Catherine Strohbehn, Susan W. Arendt, Ungku Fatimah Ungku Zainal Abidin, Janell R. Meyer Jan 2013

Effectiveness Of Food Safety Managerial Training: Face-To-Face Or Computer-Based Delivery, Catherine Strohbehn, Susan W. Arendt, Ungku Fatimah Ungku Zainal Abidin, Janell R. Meyer

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

Because cases of foodborne illnesses are es􀆟mated to exceed 40 million each year, current and future managers of retail foodservices must understand their role in training employees about food safety and influencing the work culture to ensure knowledge is practiced. Two educational modules to aid managers in motivating employees and establishing a positive food safety culture were tested among industry managers: recognition and discipline and communication. The effectiveness of two delivery methods, face‐to‐face and computer ‐based training, was also assessed with knowledge based questions and attitude statements. Mixed findings from participants (mostly over 30 years of age ...


Exploring The Culture Of Food Safety: The Role Of Organizational Influencers In Motivating Employees' Safe Food Handling Practices, Ungku Fatimah Ungku Zainal Abidin, Susan W. Arendt, Catherine Strohbehn Jan 2013

Exploring The Culture Of Food Safety: The Role Of Organizational Influencers In Motivating Employees' Safe Food Handling Practices, Ungku Fatimah Ungku Zainal Abidin, Susan W. Arendt, Catherine Strohbehn

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

The role of organizational influencers on foodservice employees’ motivation to follow safe handling practices was explored. Data were collected from 311 employees with no supervisory responsibilities working in commercial and noncommercial foodservices. Employees identified level of agreement with eight organizational influencers that motivate them to follow safe food handling practices. Data were analyzed to determine if differences in motivation by influencers existed among employees with different demographic characteristics. Age, years of foodservice experience and work status impacted motivations of both commercial and non-commercial employees. Future research could test a comprehensive measure of organizational influencers on employees’ safe food handling practices.


Examining Firefighter Decision-Making: How Experience Influences Speed In Process And Choice, Shawn T. Bayouth, Nir Keren, Warren D. Franke, Kevin Godby Jan 2013

Examining Firefighter Decision-Making: How Experience Influences Speed In Process And Choice, Shawn T. Bayouth, Nir Keren, Warren D. Franke, Kevin Godby

Kinesiology Publications

The objectives of this study were to identify relationships among firefighter experience and the decision-making processes, by determining if experienced firefighters singularly review alternatives, review less alternatives, or make more expedient decisions than novice firefighters. Research results, utilizing the highest resolution computerized virtual reality (VR) system in the world, do not support the empirical evidence suggesting that experienced firefighters review and act upon their first alternative and that experienced firefighters review less information in less time.


Trust, Safety, And Employee Decision-Making: A Review Of Research And Discussion Of Future Directions, Gretchen A. Mosher Jan 2013

Trust, Safety, And Employee Decision-Making: A Review Of Research And Discussion Of Future Directions, Gretchen A. Mosher

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Managing workplace safety in the technology work environment has traditionally focused on factors such as physical design, machinery operations and other hardware counter-measures. Cognitive-based human factors have not seen a strong emphasis by safety and technology researchers. This is beginning to change as investigators have begun to examine how the management of human factors could impact safety in the workplace. One of these factors is trust.

A second factor, safety climate, measures the perception employees have of the relative importance of safety within an organization. Although limited research has examined the association between trust and safety climate, little empirical data ...


Measurement Of Worker Perceptions Of Trust And Safety Climate In Managers And Supervisors At Commercial Grain Elevators, Gretchen A. Mosher, Nir Keren, Steven A. Freeman, Charles R. Hurburgh Jr. Jan 2013

Measurement Of Worker Perceptions Of Trust And Safety Climate In Managers And Supervisors At Commercial Grain Elevators, Gretchen A. Mosher, Nir Keren, Steven A. Freeman, Charles R. Hurburgh Jr.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

he safety climate of an agricultural workplace may be affected by several things, including the level of trust that workers have in their work group supervisor and organizational management. Safety climate has been used by previous safety researchers as a measure of worker perceptions of the relative importance of safety as compared with other operational goals. Trust has been linked to several positive safety outcomes, particularly in hazardous work environments, but has not been examined relative to safety climate in the perennially hazardous work environment of a commercial grain elevator. In this study, 177 workers at three Midwest grain elevator ...