208999 An examination of injury awareness, knowledge and competency in China

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Kevin Slates, EdD, MPA , Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Background: There is no doubt that China's social change and economic growth has been unprecedented. In many developing countries there is such rapid industrialization and increase in technology a lag may exist in creating effective policy to address safety. In this case study Dr. Slates made an effort to ascertain employee knowledge, attitudes and self reported near misses and injury at worksites in China. Methods: A likert scale was used to measure the following dimensions: organizational environment, management support, risk judgments, safety awareness and competency. Approximately 115 paper-based surveys will be administered to employees working in the construction sector. A demographics form and 20 item validated questionnaires were used to measure such dimensions. Results: The findings indicated a casual relationship between organizational variables and risk of injury. Conclusion: An organizatinal focus on worker education and awareness is critical for reducing worker injury and illness.

Learning Objectives:
Identify organizational variables that may contribute to risk of injury Describe occupational safety and health injury rates in China Identify leading indicators and lagging indicators of safety performance Determine if relationships between near misses, injuries and safety awareness

Keywords: Safety, Occupational Injury and Death

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: *Current professor of occupational safety and health *Former OSHA inspector and manager
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.