Personal Protective Clothing: Law Enforcement Officers’ Attitudes and Safety Behavior Assessments Toward High-Visibility Safety Apparel
Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Safety Science
College of Aviation
Maxwell Fogleman, Ph.D., MPH, CPE
First Committee Member
Jackie Luedtke, Ph.D., MBA
Second Committee Member
Dawn Bolstad-Johnson, MPH, CIH, CSP
Traffic related fatalities are one of the most common workplace hazards in the law enforcement community. They accounted for approximately 44% of all fatalities within the law enforcement occupational field between 2002 and 2011. Although many law enforcement officers’ deaths are due to being struck by vehicles, these could be prevented with the use of High-Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA). The importance of raising traffic protective behavior compliance is largely overlooked by misperceptions in the workplace. Relatively few studies have examined HVSA wearing behaviors associated with social psychological human elements. It has still remained unclear as subjective or objective experiences. Proper assessment of law enforcement officers’ attitudes and safety behaviors are imperative in efforts to reduce traffic-related fatalities; andto improve the overall health and workplace safety in the law enforcement community. This study contributes to the research on law enforcement officers by providing information about what factors influence HVSA wearing decisions. It informs safety training officers and law enforcement organizations to develop successful training and practice programs that improve voluntary compliance.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Song, So Young, "Personal Protective Clothing: Law Enforcement Officers’ Attitudes and Safety Behavior Assessments Toward High-Visibility Safety Apparel" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses. 358.