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Citation

Leonard SD, Wogalter MS. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2000; 32(3): 383-388.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens 30602-3013, USA. dleonard@egon.psy.uga.edu

Copyright

(Copyright © 2000, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

10776855

Abstract

Product safety is affected by product design and by the knowledge of the user, either through the user's own background or through instructions and warnings presented with the product. Given adequate knowledge, warnings can serve primarily to remind individuals of the hazards and precautions that can be taken. This study examined people in the USA (represented by two diverse samples) to evaluate their knowledge about the hazards associated with common household products and situations using both multiple choice and open-ended surveys. The results indicated that the respondents were aware of a substantial number of hazards, but their knowledge often did not extend to the specific circumstances that could produce personal injury and property damage. Further, comparisons of cued and non-cued responses suggested some hazards are not well recognized without the cue. The results indicate warnings are needed both as reminders and to provide safety information.

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