KnE Life Sciences | The 1st International Conference on Health, Technology and Life Sciences (ICO-HELICS) | pages: 123–131

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1. Introduction

The development of industrialization is currently increasing rapidly. Developments in various industrial sectors lead to a growing number of workers and a higher risk of workplace accidents. Work accidents are not desirable, unpredictable, and cause harm to both property and people [3]. Work accidents are caused by unsafe behaviors and working conditions as well as human-related factors such as a lack of knowledge and skills [4]. Behaviors can rely on attitudes, knowledge, workplaces, perceptions, age, the duration of working, level of education, training, company rules, safety promotion, supervision, personal protective equipment, motivation, and work colleagues [5]. A previous researcher reported that there is a relationship between knowledge and unsafe actions [6]. Another researcher found that there is an influence of the knowledge about occupational accidents and the perception of control to the risk of workplace accidents [1]. Human behaviors hold essential roles in occupational accidents.

PT X is one large-scale company that has different work units. Production division is one work unit that has a high level of workload involving various types of work and employs many labors from various backgrounds. Therefore, understanding the knowledge about work accidents will minimize the occurrence of unsafe actions thus can create safe work behaviors among employees. The purpose of this research was to find out the relationship between the knowledge about occupational accidents and safe work behaviors among employees in the production division of PT X, Indonesia.

2. Methods

This research used an observational, analytical method with a cross-sectional approach. This research was conducted at the production section of PT X with a population of 83 employees who were all males. We selected 46 respondents by using a random sampling technique. Data were collected by field observations and by using 2 types of questionnaire. Before filling out the questionnaire, the respondents signed informed consent. The Spearman test was performed to analyze the data by using the SPSS v.23 software.

The first questionnaire examined respondents' knowledge about occupational accidents. We used the questionnaire compiled by Doloksaribu [1] which has been modified according to the theory of workplace accidents. The questionnaire consisted of 10 negative questions and 10 positive questions that had undergone a validity test and a reliability test. We also modified the questionnaire according to the Guttman scale; that is, if the respondent answered correctly, we gave the score value of 1 and if the respondent's answer is wrong, then we gave the score value of 0 [7]. The maximum value in the questions about knowledge on workplace accidents was 20 and the minimum value was 0. After this, we categorized the employees' knowledge based on the following classification [8]:

  • Good knowledge; if the respondent answered correctly in > 75% of questions or had a total score value of > 15

  • Medium knowledge; if the respondent answered correctly in 40-75% of questions or had a total score value of 8-15

  • Lousy knowledge; if the respondent answers were correct in < 40% of questions or had a total score value of < 8

For evaluating safe work behaviors, we used the questionnaire compiled by Fitrie [2] that has been modified in accordance with the theory of safe behaviors. The questionnaire consisted of 30 questions (20 were favorable questions and 10 were unfavorable questions) that had undergone a validity test and reliability test with 4 categories of answer choices; i.e. very often, often, sometimes, and never. The scoring was done by using Likert scale in which “very often” was given the score value of 4, “often” was given the score value of 3, “sometimes” was given the score value of 2, and “never” was given the score value of 1 [7]. The higher the score value indicates the higher degree of safe behaviors performed by an employee, whereas the lower the score value shows the more unsafe behaviors. The maximum value on the questionnaire about safe work behaviors was 120 and the minimum value was 30. Following this, we categorized safe work behaviors according to the classification below [8]:

  • Safe work behaviors were high if the respondent answers correctly in > 75% of questions or had a value of > 90

  • Medium safe work behavior, if the respondent's answer is right in 40-75% of questions or had a value of 48-90

  • Bad work behavior, if the respondent's answer is correct in < 40% of questions or had a value of < 48.

3. Results

Table 1 shows that all of the respondents were adults, have worked in the production section for a long time, had a moderate level of education. More than half of the respondents have attended training and most of them had a good knowledge about occupational accidents already practiced highly safe working behaviors.

Table 1

Characteristics, Knowledge on Occupational Accidents, and Safe Work Behaviors of 46 Employees from Production Division at PT X, Indonesia, 2018.

Category Frequency n(%)
Age (years old) a
Final Teenager (17 – 25) 9 19.6
Early Adult (26 – 35) 13 28.3
Final Adult (36 – 45) 16 34.8
Early Elderly (46 – 55) 8 17.4
The Duration of Working (years) b
New ( 3) 11 23.9
Old ( > 3) 35 76.1
Level of Education c
Low 0 0
Medium 38 82.6
High 8 17.4
Ever 28 60.9
Never 18 39.1
Knowledge about Occupational Accidents
Bad 0 0
Medium 7 15.2
Good 39 84.8
Safe Work Behaviors
Low 0 0
Medium 5 10.9
High 41 89.1
a Categorized by Indonesian Health Ministry (2009); b Categorized by Hani Handoko (2010); c Categorized by Indonesian Law Number 20, Year 2003
Table 2

The Correlation between Knowledge about Occupational Accidents with Safe Work Behaviors of 46 Employees from Production Division at PT X, Indonesia, 2018.

Safe Work Behavior Total r s a p value
Low Medium High
Knowledge about Occupational Accidents 0.824 < 0.001
Bad 0 0 0 0
Medium 0 5 2 7
Good 0 0 39 39
Total 0 5 41 46
a Spearman test

Table 2 shows that the correlation value (r s ) between knowledge about occupational accidents and safe work behaviors is 0.824 (p < 0.001). This value indicates a solid relationship between knowledge about occupational accidents and safe work behaviors of employees in production division at PT X. Further evaluation of the relationship between the factors that might influence the dependent variable, we found a relationship between training and safe work behaviors (Table 3).

Table 3

Other Factors that May Influence Work Safe Behaviors.

Safe Work Behavior
r s p value
Age -0.380 a 0.800
Duration of Working -0.380 a 0.833
Level of Education 0.160 a 0.287
Traning 0.966 b 0.006
b Spearman test; b Contigency Coefficient test

4. Discussion

Respondents of this study were dominated by employees of 36-45 years old which consisted of 16 people (34.8% of total respondents). This is in accordance with the conditions in the company that the workers in the production section were old workers who have worked long enough in this company. Most employees were in the category of early elderly and were rotated to the work unit where the workload is lighter because they will reach the pre-retirement period; for example, working in the office.

There were 35 employees (76.1% of respondents) who have worked for more than three years. It shows that the majority of the respondents studied were permanent employees and have worked for a long time in this company. The levels of education of the respondents were mostly in the medium category: not graduating from high school/equivalent to graduating from high school/equivalent which represents 38 people (82.6% of respondents). In recent years, this company accepts workers with a minimum education of high school graduates. As for workers who have worked for decades, the majority of them were elementary and junior high school graduates.

There were 60.9% of respondents who have attended training on occupational accidents or prevention of work accident or similar training. It means that most of the respondents have awareness and knowledge regarding occupational accidents or accident prevention and the like. Every workforce, especially in the production department, is required to attend work-related training such as training related to workplace accidents. Workers in the production section who have never participated in similar training were those who were recently rotated to the production department.

This study involved 46 respondents which represented more than 50% of the total employees at the production division of PT X. We found that 39 employees (84.8% of respondents) have good knowledge on occupational accidents. Different background and different experience of the respondents contribute to the different knowledge about workplace accidents. Doloksaribu [1] stated that the dissemination of knowledge about occupational accidents is an effort to increase knowledge, perceptions and risk control for workplace accidents that can affect labors' behaviors.

Most respondents in our study demonstrated highly safe work behaviors (n=41, 89.1%). This may be due to the sequence of the questionnaires given to the respondents. The first questionnaire given was about the knowledge on occupational accidents; therefore, after filling out the questionnaire, the knowledge of the respondents would have been increased as they had received knowledge about occupational accidents that affected their safe work behaviors. If someone had obtained knowledge about occupational accidents, it will influence his/her safe work behaviors so that he/she can minimize work accidents or incidents. Patel [9] found that awareness of any unsafe work behavior reduced the likelihood of work-related accidents.

The present study found a very strong relationship between knowledge about occupational accidents with safe work behaviors with (r s = 0.824, p = 0.000). This finding is similar to the research conducted by Sholihin et al [10]. Doloksaribu [1] found that knowledge about accidents in the workplace influenced the perception of controlling the risks of workplace accidents. Yoga [11] also found a similar result to our study and Budiono [12] stated that human behavior is a factor that plays an essential role in an accident; thus, an effective way to prevent work accidents is to avoid unsafe behavior. Griffin [13] stated that knowledge plays a vital role in influencing the perception of one's safe work behavior.

With regards to other factors influencing safe work behaviors, we found a relationship between safe work behaviors and training but not with age, the duration of work, and level of education. Pratiwi [14] found that there was no relationship between age and unsafe actions. Another research also found that there was no relationship between age and safe behaviors [15]. It seems that age does not affect a person's safe behaviors which means that the older a person is, his/her work behaviors may not be safer. However, Notoatmojo [16] found that with increasing age, it increases the level of a person's maturity in thinking and receiving information which can affect his/her behavior. According to Budiman [17], the older a person is, the experience will be increased and the experience of vigilance against workplace accidents which in this case means safe working behaviors will improve as the age is increasing [18].

Our study is similar to previous research that found no relationship between the duration of working and safe work behaviors [15]. Respondents who have worked for a long time experienced work rotation so that the experience of working in different parts of production can be the cause of the absence of a relationship between the two. However, a previous study [18] found that the longer a person's duration of working, the more he/she will gain experience which contributes to safer work behaviors. This is due to an increase in the attitude and morale of the workforce which will have a positive impact on the work [19].

With regards to the level of education, research conducted by Pratama [20] found that there is a weak relationship between education and unsafe action. This is because the research involved respondents whose highest level of education was in the category of being or not graduating from high school. Only a few respondents have a high level of education; i.e, in the tertiary level, which can be the cause of the lack of relationship between the level of education and safe work behaviors.

This study found a relationship between training and safe work behaviors which is similar to a previous study [21]. According to Giller [22], safe work behaviors are not only formed by the knowledge of accidents. Other factors may influence such behaviors. Our present study provides an overview of other factors that may have influenced safe work behaviors. In this study, we could not control the attitudes and perceptions of the employees. According to Peterson [21], attitudes and perceptions are related to someone's views, interpretations, and behaviors toward the existing hazards and risks. These factors are difficult to control.

We overlooked other factors such as co-workers and motivation. A previous study [13] conducted in-depth interviews to learn about the influence of co-workers and motivation on safe work behaviors. The study found that employees who behaved safely were more influential to motivate their colleagues to behave safely as well.

5. Conclusions

There is a relationship between knowledge about occupational accidents and safe work behaviors among employees at production division of PT X, Indonesia. Further research on the relationship between safe work behaviors and other factors is warranted.



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