Utilization of personal protective equipment among workers in grain and oil seed milling industries in Nairobi County, Kenya
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is any material, device, equipment or clothing which is used or worn by a worker to protect them from exposure or contact with any harmful material or energy which may cause injury, disease or even death to the worker. The study will assess utilization ofPPE among workers in grain and oil seed industries in Nairobi County. Occupational injuries and diseases present a major public health problem resulting in serious health, social and economic consequences that could be prevented if appropriate measures are taken by use of PPE. Despite the benefits of using PPE, little information has been documented especially among workers in the food industries in the study area. The study will adopt a cross sectional descriptive research design. A sample of 342 workers will be selected to participate in the study. Purposive sampling technique will be used to select Nairobi County. Simple random technique will be used to select the industries to be included in the study. Respondents will be selected proportionally to the size of workers in each industry. Random sampling technique will be involved in selecting respondents to be included in the study. Purposive sampling technique will be involved in selecting key informants and focus group discussion participants. Data collected will be cleaned, coded and analyzed using SPSS version 20. Chi-square test will be used to test for association between the study variables. The study findings will not only bridge the existing gap of lack of data concerning PPE utilization in the food manufacturing industries but also establishing the factors influencing its utilization in this sector of food manufacturing industries in Kenya. The findings will further provide invaluable information to the management of the food industries, employers, employees, the County government and other policy makers with important information on use of PPE to control occupational injuries and diseases and provide baseline information of related studies.