Availability and appropriateness of protective clothing in technical institutions in Central Kenya
Millicent Kimemia, Dinah Tumuti, Bosibori Oigo
The aims of this study were to investigate factors influencing selection of protective clothing, appropriateness of protective clothing used, to establish the factors influencing cleaning and storage of non- disposable and to investigate the general safety practices at workplace. The study area was purposively selected as it had majority of the technical institutions. Stratified sampling was used to select three technical institutions which participated in the study. Qualitative data was collected using a questionnaire which was administered by the researcher to a sample of 119 respondents in the participating departments. Majority of the respondents (88.2%) indicated that colour was important when selecting protective clothing. Harmful materials handled by respondents and price were also important when selecting protective clothing. Most respondents indicated that lack of protective clothing made performance of certain tasks difficult. In the study, 97.5% of the respondents felt that there is need for training on protective clothing but only 48.7% had participated in such training. Availability of signage indicating need for use of protective clothing was also identified as an important safety measure. The Pearson’s correlation coefficient indicated that protective clothing is not fully used by students in technical institutions in Central Kenya. Technical institutions in Central Kenya need to enlighten their students on care of textile articles and use in terms of selection, use and maintenance of protective clothing. Moreover, the technical institutions administration in Central Kenya should implement a policy of providing appropriate protective clothing to students and include the changes in the school fees.