Evaluating the effectiveness of Hazard training among construction workers across Canada

The purpose of this research is to determine the range of hazard identification training across Canada and gauge its perceived effectiveness among construction workers.

Who Can Take Part
Participants will need to be 18 years of age or older and currently working in the construction industry for a minimum of 6 months. You will need to access this study online using your own device (for example a laptop or tablet).

What you will be asked to do
If you choose to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete a 20-question survey. We will ask you a bit about yourself such as your role in the construction industry, how long you have worked in the industry and whether you have been in a workplace. Other questions will focus on current hazard identification trainings methods currently used in Canada, and to gauge its effectiveness. You may take part in the survey even if you haven’t completed any hazard identification training. Questions will include mostly multiple choice with a few rating and open-ended questions. The survey should take less than 20 minutes to complete.

Participation is Voluntary
Your participation in this research is entirely your choice. You are welcome to stop the experiment at any time if you no longer want to participate. All you need to do is close your browser. No incomplete datasets will be used in our analyses. Because you data is anonymous, we will not be able to remove you data after your complete the survey.

Privacy and Compensation
Your dataset will be anonymous. This means that there are no questions in the experiment that ask for identifying details such as your name. There are open ended questions, we may use some quotations from the open ended questions in our research. If there is any identifying information in the quotations, we will remove it before we use them.

At the end of the survey you will be shown a link to provide you email address for compensation and to receive study results. This information will not be linked to your data. If you provide your email you will be put in a draw for 1 of 2 $50 Marks work Warehouse gift cards and we will send you a summary of the study results.

Potential Risks
It is not expected that participants experience psychological stress from answering any of the questions, however if you have experienced a workplace injury or accident prior to, this could cause you some distress in remembering the incident. You may exit the survey at anytime.

Data Storage
All responses will be saved at first on a secure Dalhousie server. I will describe and share general findings of this research in presentations and scientific journals: I will keep the anonymous dataset indefinitely as it may be used in future research. I will share your anonymous data in a public research database hosted on Canadian servers where it may be used by other scientists to advance knowledge. Responses from open-ended questions will be excluded from the servers because of the potential identifiability.

Other Benefits
There will be no direct benefits to the participants. The indirect benefit is that results will provide information that could be used to design programs to improve hazard identification training.
Questions about the study?

You should discuss any questions you have about this study with us. Please ask as many questions as you like before or after participating. You can contact jc526075@dal.ca if you have further questions before participating. We will try to reply quickly to any questions but note that it may take up to 24-48 hours to receive a reply if you are contacting us during evenings or weekends (based on Atlantic Time).

If you have any ethical concerns about your participation in this research, you may contact Research Ethics, Dalhousie University at (902) 494-3423, or email ethics@dal.ca (and reference REB file # 2022-6199).

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