Author

Sigurdsson

Date of Award

6-2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Alyce M. Dickinson

Second Advisor

Dr. Bradley Huitema

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a package intervention on critical safety behaviors and conditions in a food and drinking industry setting. The intervention involved training a sub sample of employees to conduct safety observations, providing all employees with safety information, and posting weekly graphic safety feedback on six safety-related variables based on employee observations. A multiple baseline design across departments was used to assess the effects of the interventions in two dining services kitchens on the campus of a midwestem university. Overall, the intervention implemented in this study had mixed effects on safety behavior, as moderate increases were observed for only three out of eight dependent variables, as observed by trained research assistants. The . intervention had almost no positive effects on conditions, and significant decreases in safety conditions were obtained for three condition variables of the eight observed by research assistants. The possible behavioral functions responsible for these performance improvements are discussed. Future research is suggested to further examine the effectiveness of this behavioral technology to improve injury prevention efforts in industry, and to bring about lasting changes in safety behavior and conditions.

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