Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2016)
Determinants of students’ selection of protective clothing in technical institutions in Central Kenya
Author(s): Millicent Kimemia, Dinah Tumuti, Bosibori Oigo
Abstract: The research sought to investigate selection, use and maintenance of protective clothing in Technical Institutions in Central Kenya. Based on the study, this paper examines the factors influencing selection of protective clothing by students. The study area was purposively selected as it had majority of the technical institutions. Stratified sampling was used to select three technical institutions which participated in the study. Qualitative data was collected using a questionnaire which was administered by the researcher to a sample of 119 respondents in the participating departments. Majority of the respondents (88.2%) indicated that colour was important when selecting protective clothing. Harmful materials handled by respondents and price were also important when selecting protective clothing. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was used to determine the relationships between selected key variables. The study concluded that protective clothing is not fully used by students in Technical Institutions in Central Kenya. Technical Institutions in Central Kenya need to enlighten their students on care of textile articles and use in terms of selection, use and maintenance of protective clothing. The study indicated that the training students had received on protective clothing did not play a significant role towards selection of protective clothing. The study recommended that the students in technical institutions in Central Kenya should be trained on the use of protective clothing by their course instructors on reporting to the institutions.