Organizational influence on working people's occupational noise protection in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-475
Journal / PublicationJournal of Safety Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


Introduction: While there is some evidence of the influences of personal knowledge and organizational factors on workers' hearing protection, a causal model examining relationships between these variables is lacking. Method: To create and test such a model, this study collected data from 1,701 workers in Hong Kong through a random sample telephone survey. Results: Fitting the model to the data revealed that organizational regulation of occupational noise protection was a root cause of workers' protective behavior, whereas workers knowledge about the protection exhibited only a minimal effect. Conclusions: These findings cast doubt on the significance of personal knowledge as a unique factor contributing to noise protection. The study also finds that organizational regulation was predictable by a number of organizational and industrial factors. Impact on industry: To prevent occupational deafness, organizational regulation accompanied by regular inspection and a norm of noise protection is important. © 2004 National Safety Council and Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Coworkers' norm, Hearing protection, Occupational deafness, Occupational noise, Organizational regulation