Tag Archives: Safety Practices

Assessing the Impact of Safety Practices of Employees on Performance in the Production Unit of Some Selected Hotels in Takoradi, Ghana (Published)

It has become necessary for safety standards to be maintained and sustained in organizations so that frequent incidents or accidents are curtailed, breakdown of equipment are minimized and the life of employees and the life span of equipment are prolonged. This research work sought to explore employee’s safety practices on performance in the production unit of some selected hotels in Takoradi aimed at achieving these objectives – Identify safety practices and policies in the production unit of hotels and determine the extent of compliance of the safety practices. The study examined 164 respondents using a proportionate stratified sampling to select respondents from the hotels while the hotels were sampled purposively. The results revealed that all the employees of the selected hotels had existing organizational policies ensuring safety at the workplace but some did not comply which could be quite dangerous to their safety and so some disciplinary measures were meted out to employees who did not comply with the safety measures laid down which ranged from written warning letters given to the employees (70%) with 10% having a month suspension without pay. However, those employees who demonstrated a higher degree of safety were either given outstanding employee plaques or their salaries and allowances were increased – 39% and 25% respectively.

Keywords: Hotels, Performance, Production unit, Safety Practices

Perception and Experiences of Infection Control Practices among Professional Nurses in Secondary Health Facilities in South-South Nigeria. (Published)

Infection control practice is a fundamental operational guiding principle in the delivery of modern health care. However, there is minimal qualitative investigation into professional nurses’ perception of infection control practices and how the experiences affect compliance with recommended infection control procedures. The purpose of this study was to examine and describe professional nurses’ impressions and experiences about infection control practices. A descriptive qualitative research design was used as the research framework. In-depth Interviews (IDI) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were completed with a sample of 54 nurses.  The findings highlight the importance of both individual and organisational factors in determining Nurses’ compliance with recommended workplace safety practices. Four major themes emerged from the data, namely knowledge, infection surveillance, safety practices, and workplace policy. The findings indicate individual and organisational factors associated with compliance which are useful in developing strategies to facilitate long-term compliance with infection control practices among nurses.

Keywords: Infection control, Knowledge, Policy, Safety Practices

Perception and Experiences of Infection Control Practices among Professional Nurses in Secondary Health Facilities in South-South Nigeria: A Qualitative Approach (Published)

Infection control practice is a fundamental operational guiding principle in the delivery of modern health care. However, there is minimal qualitative investigation into professional nurses’ perception of infection control practices and how the experiences affect compliance with recommended infection control procedures. The purpose of this study was to examine and describe professional nurses’ impressions and experiences about infection control practices. A descriptive qualitative research design was used as the research framework. In-depth Interviews (IDI) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were completed with a sample of 54 nurses.  The findings highlight the importance of both individual and organisational factors in determining Nurses’ compliance with recommended workplace safety practices. Four major themes emerged from the data, namely knowledge, infection surveillance, safety practices, and workplace policy. The findings indicate individual and organisational factors associated with compliance which are useful in developing strategies to facilitate long-term compliance with infection control practices among nurses.

Keywords: Infection control, Knowledge, Policy, Safety Practices, qualitative

Safety Practices and the Productivity of Employees in Manufacturing Firms: Evidence from Nigeria (Published)

This paper investigates the nature of the relationship between safety practices and the productivity of employees in manufacturing firms. Three hypotheses were formulated and questionnaire was designed. Copies of the questionnaire were distributed to three hundred and thirty respondents cutting across ten sampled manufacturing firms in Port Harcourt. Two hundred and ninety two copies of the questionnaire were retrieved and used for the analysis. The study revealed that there is positive and significant relationship between the provision of adequate safety equipments and the work output of employees; There is a significant relationship between legal institutional safety policies and the production outputs of employees; There is a significant relationship between employer’s compliance to safety rule and man hour put in by employees in the production process. This findings implies that safety in the work place significantly affects the effort put in by the workers in the production process and therefore provide evidence for the claims of Curry et al (2004), Haddel and Ojikutu (1989), Iwundu (1986) and Eninger (1983). The study recommend that: qualified safety officers should be employed to manage the safety challenges facing the organizations in their business operations; employees should be sent on regular and seasoned training courses on safety management so that they can appreciate the need for safety precautions; the safety policies of business organizations must be effectively implemented and adhered to at all time.

Keywords: Productivity, Safety Practices