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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2017, Article ID 7930589, 5 pages
Research Article

Use of Personal Protective Equipment among Building Construction Workers in Kampala, Uganda

1Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda
2Institute of Public Health and Management, International Health Sciences University, Kampala, Uganda

Correspondence should be addressed to Jonathan Izudi; moc.liamg@dzhanoj

Received 16 May 2017; Revised 15 September 2017; Accepted 2 October 2017; Published 23 October 2017

Academic Editor: Riccardo Buccolieri

Copyright © 2017 Jonathan Izudi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. 270 million workplace accidents occur annually. In Uganda, Kampala district has the highest workplace injury and fatality rates. However, information on personal protective equipment (PPE)—hand gloves, hardhats, overalls, safety boots, earplugs, safety harness with lanyard, and face shields—utilization among building construction workers remains scarce. We assessed PPE utilization and determinants among building construction workers in Kampala, Uganda. Methods. This cross-sectional study involved 385 respondents. Data collected by structured questionnaire was double-entered in EpiData and analyzed in STATA at 5% significance level. Independent determinants of PPE use were established by a stepwise backward logistic regression analysis. Results. 305 (79.2%) respondents were males, 290 (75.3%) were 18–30 years, 285 (74.0%) completed secondary education, and 197 (51.2%) were temporary employees. 60 (15.6%) respondents used PPE. Female sex (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 6.64; 95% CI: 1.55–28.46; ), temporary (AOR = 0.05; 95% CI: 0.01–0.27; ) and casual (AOR = 0.01; 95% CI: 0.001–0.071; ) employment, and previous knowledge of safety measures (AOR = 100.72; 95% CI: 26.00–390.16; ) were associated with PPE use. Conclusion. PPE use was low in Kampala, Uganda. Building construction companies should implement measures of the Uganda Occupational Health and Safety Act.