220745 Risk Factors for University Student Employee Injury

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Judy Ou, BS, MPH-c , Master of Public Health Program, Brigham Young Univerity, Pro, UT
University student employees are exposed to environments that may place them at risk for injury. Factors in the workplace that could increase the risk of injuries specifically in student employees have not been widely identified. Lack of experience, stress from school, and relationships with co-workers may influence student injury rates.

Research has been done on risk factors in adult and adolescent workplace environments. The poster presentation discusses how risk factors that have been identified in the adult workplace, such as workplace hazards, affect injury rates in university student employees. Factors that are discussed include work-school conflict, job boredom, conflicts with supervisors, conflict with coworkers, physical hazards, workload, personal protective equipment, personal injuries, and safety training. The presentation identifies which risk factors contribute most significantly to the risk of injury. Results were obtained by distributing a survey to a large population of university student employees. The poster presentation also discusses the role of student awareness of worker's compensation policies in their injury reporting habits, student impressions of safety training, and the impact of relationships with co-workers on student employee injuries. The presentation explains how identification of the risk factors can help risk management and student employment services at universities prevent employee injuries by changing risk factors to create healthy workplace environments.

Learning Areas:
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Identify workplace factors that place university student employees at risk for injury.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an MPH candidate who has been working with an expert mentor to identify workplace risk factors for student employees.
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.