RR787 - Developing understanding of target audiences
Local exhaust ventilation
Amongst the planned activities of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for 2009/10, a significant element is aimed at reaching and influencing two different audiences with regards to LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation). These audiences are: supply-side stakeholders; and SME businesses that use LEV to control their employees' exposure to hazardous substances. To inform these activities, a qualitative research study was carried out with users and suppliers of LEV equipment in April, May and June 2009. The objectives of the study were:
- To establish the current level of awareness and attitudes towards work-related disease amongst supply-side stakeholders and a sample of SME users in the HSE's target occupational groups of woodworking, general rubber goods manufacture, welding, soldering, and stonemasons.
- To determine the key influencers, enabling factors and barriers to good practice (in the context of preventing work related disease in the HSE's target occupational groups) among LEV supply-side stakeholders and a sample of SME users.
- To seek information on effective communication strategies amongst the target audiences.
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.
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