Occupational Health and Safety Management: The Use of Personal Protective Equipment (Ppe) by Artisans in The Local Automotive Industry in Volta Region, Ghana
Augustine Abrampa Apreko, Lydia Sylvia Danku, Maxwell Selase Akple, Adokou Faustin Apeletey "Occupational Health and Safety Management: The Use of Personal Protective Equipment (Ppe) by Artisans in The Local Automotive Industry in Volta Region, Ghana", International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT), V19(4), 201-206 Jan 2015. ISSN:2231-5381. www.ijettjournal.org. published by seventh sense research group
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plays a very important role in ensuring that artisans are healthy and safe in automotive workshops. Different studies have revealed that PPE is often not worn by workers in the informal sector in Ghana, and this undermines their general health and safety and leads to different types of injuries. This study focuses on the usage of PPE among local automotive artisans in Ghana. Questionnaires were administered to two hundred (200) artisans randomly selected which constituted the sample for the study.The results from the study revealed that majority of artisans understand the need for PPE usage for protection against accident, injury and illness and willing to practice it. However most artisans do not wear PPE because it is sometimes not available for use and in few cases where it is available the issue of comfort with respect to its usage needs to be addressed. Policies and regulations with respect to the use of PPE need to be developed and implemented in Ghana.
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Personal Protective Equipment, health and safety, automotive workshops, Local artisan.