Knowledge and Practice of Occupational Safety Measures among Emergency Health Workers in University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital in Ondo, Ondo State
Keywords:knowledge, safety, practice, personal protective equipment, emergency
Human beings engage in one occupation or the other and all these occupations involve some degree of occupational hazards that predispose workers to illness and injury. Workers in both developed and developing countries are at risk of exposure to workplace hazard. Hence, the need to ensure protect[on of worker’s health through provision of safe working environment.
The study was carried out using descriptive survey research and the data was analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics of frequency count and percentage was used to analyse the demographic data, while the inferential statistics of Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to test the hypothesis at 0.05 alpha level and the direction of relationship between the independent and dependent variables. One hundred and sixty five (165) respondent were selected using purposive sampling techniques and total enumeration. The result of the study showed that there is a relationship between: knowledge and attitude towards occupational safety measures t (r=0.238, p<0.05), between knowledge and practice of occupational safety measures (r=0.785, p<0.05) Also, there was a significant relationship between attitude and practice of occupational safety measures (r=0.785, p<0.05) among emergency health workers in University of Medical Science Teaching Hospitals in Ondo, Ondo State Moreover, there was a significant gender difference in knowledge of occupational safety measures among emergency health (t=6.596, p<0.05). among emergency health workers in University of Medical Science Teaching Hospitals in Ondo, Ondo State (t=4.406, p<0.05).Bases on the above findings, it was recommended that, emergency health workers should receive more training on the use of personal protective equipment and that there must be adequate provision of personal protective equipment by the Government.