Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

First Advisor

E. Scott Dunlap

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Abstract

This study is to examine the effectiveness of risk assessment training on self-reported safe behaviors of individuals who are employed by a manufacturing organization in a central Kentucky organization. The analysis was comprised of 31 participants that worked in the production and office areas of a manufacturing organization. These individuals volunteered to participate in the study through the use of informed consent.

A pre-test was conducted prior to a risk assessment training being conducted at the facility. Three weeks after the training was preformed a post-test was taken to evaluate the effectiveness of the training. By determining the a summary score for individual questions and question groups by finding the mean difference between the pre and post-test, effectiveness could be compared. To compare these summary scores a paired sample t-test was performed. Only three questions found statistically significant improvement from pre to post test. However, a significant difference in the risk assessment group pre and post training (t =2.17, p =.04) was found. The mean score of the pre-test was 14.90 (SD = 3.25) while the mean score was 16.32 (SD = 1.81). This study shows that risk assessment training is effective in causing employees to assess and mitigate risk but is inconclusive on its overall effect on self-reported safe behaviors that take place at home and at work.

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