The Identification of Respiratory and Hearing Protection Equipment Selection Criteria: A Cross-Sectional Study in Tehran Industries

Fatemeh Fasih-Ramandi, Farideh Golbabaei, Hadi Shakibian, Seyed Mohammad Asadzadeh, Mohammad Reza Monazzam-Esmaeelpour*

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Abstract

Introduction: To ensure employee safety and health, it is crucial to choose and use personal protective equipment correctly. An investigation of the respiratory and hearing protection equipment used in the industries of Tehran was conducted in the present study. Material and Methods: This study was a descriptive-analytical study conducted in 2023 on 400 occupational health and safety experts in Tehran province. A researcher-made checklist and questionnaire (physical and online versions) were used to determine the criteria that are considered when selecting protective equipment. Statistical analysis and graphing were performed using SPSS-v21 and Excel-2016. Results: Participants had an average age of 38.66 and an average work experience of 11.78 years. The participants reported 48.3% and 47.7% disapproval of the quality and 42.5% and 39.5% disapproval respectively of the quantity of respiratory and hearing protection equipment available in their industrial units. In addition, 56.3% of them admitted that they have no responsibility for providing or approving the equipment in their workplace. Overall, 27 and 29 criteria were mentioned by study participants pertaining to respiratory and hearing protection equipment, respectively. In the identified criteria, the frequency distribution ranged from 0.3% to 38%. Conclusion: A high rate of expert dissatisfaction with protective equipment and a low frequency of most of the criteria mentioned indicates that industries aren’t paying much attention to the issue of choosing the right respiratory and hearing protection equipment. To improve the situation, more investigation is needed and practical and operational solutions will be provided. This study highlights the importance of proper selection and use of personal protective equipment in ensuring the safety and health of employees.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health and Safety at Work
Volume13
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)736-753
ISSN2251-807X
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Hearing Protection Equipment
  • Occupational Health
  • PPE
  • Respiratory Protective Equipment
  • Safety

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