249579 Evaluation of safety training for teenagers in regards to dangerous situation response for injury prevention

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Erin Welsh, BS , School of Public Health and Information Sciences; Department of Epidemiology, University of Louisville, Lousiville, KY
Teresa McGeeney, BA , Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Louisville - School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Louisville, KY
Kristina Zierold, PhD, MS , Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Louisville, KY
Background: Violent acts and assaults are responsible for 12% of work-related fatalities among young workers. Training for dangerous situations, such as robberies, could help prevent injury and fatalities among teenage workers. The extent to which teenagers are trained to properly respond to dangerous situations is an important component in preventing violent outcomes among working teens. This study evaluated teens' experiences regarding training and perception of safety at their jobs. Methods: Data was obtained from teenagers attending public high schools in Jefferson County, Kentucky, using qualitative and quantitative methods. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 42 teens in April-May of 2010. In January-February of 2011 a survey of all teens in the schools was conducted. Results: Results from qualitative data showed that many teens interviewed expressed concern about personal safety when carrying money. In addition, these teens reported that they did not receive training on response during a robbery. Males were more likely to state that they were told how to respond. Analysis of recently collected survey data will further investigate the role of dangerous situation training on experiences of working teens, specifically focusing on the role of training in teen's perceptions of safety. Discussion: Our research shows that many teenagers receive safety training, yet that training does not always include information that can reduce exposure to injury or fatality during dangerous situations such as robbery. Since robberies often lead to fatal injuries or severe assault, teenagers should have explicit training on how to respond in these situations.

Learning Areas:
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe whether teens receive dangerous situation response training at work and if the training differs by age, gender, and race. 2. Assess whether receipt of dangerous situation response training differs by job or job characteristics such as shifts worked and days worked. 3. Describe how teenís perceptions of safety at work are influenced by dangerous situation response training.

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Youth at Work

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am involved in multiple aspects of this research project, including collecting the data, analyzing the data, and interpreting the findings.
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.