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Applied Statistics in Occupational Safety and Health

Third Edition

Christopher A. Janicak

Created for those who have little experience with statistics, or for those who need to keep a concise reference book on hand, this newly updated handbook provides an introductory guide to basic statistics and data analysis.

Using step-by-step methods and both examples and applications common to safety professionals, including loss control consultants and occupational health nurses, this new edition makes understanding the "math" side of the job easier. Readers will learn how to apply appropriate statistical procedures to commonly encountered situations, how to perform each statistical test, how to executive inferential statistics for parametric and non-parametric procedures, and how to use descriptive statistical concepts to summarize data.

The author ends each chapter with a chapter summary and review exercises. He also includes extensive illustrations, easy-to-read charts and tables, a glossary of statistical terms, a comprehensive index, solutions to sample problems, and five appendices containing statistical tables with their appropriate uses. This third edition provides new examples and numerous updates.
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Bernan Press
Pages: 188Size: 7 x 10
978-1-59888-888-1 • Paperback • January 2017 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
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Christopher A. Janicak, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, is a Professor of Safety and Graduate Program Coordinator at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Safety Sciences. Dr. Janicak has over 20 years of professional experience in safety as a loss control consultant, safety manager, and university professor. He has presented at many national and international conferences, and has published books, book chapters, and journal articles in the field of occupational safety.
List of Figures and Tables
About the Author
Fundamentals of Statistics
Statistics and Their Use in Safety
Statistics Defined
Common Terms and Notations
Quantitative and Qualitative Data
Statistical Notations
Research Questions and Hypotheses
Types of Studies
 Retrospective Studies
 Prospective Studies
Statistical Samples versus Statistical Populations
Probability Sample Selection Procedures
Sampling Techniques  
Random Samples
 Simple Random Samples
 Cluster Samples
 Stratified Random Samples
Nonprobability Sample Selection Procedures
 Chunk Sampling
 Volunteer Samples
Chapter Summary

Probability and Chance
Marginal Probabilities
 Joint Event Probabilities
Union Probabilities
 Conditional Probabilities
Factorials, Permutations, Ordered Combinations, and Combinations
Binomial Probabilities
Poisson Probability
Chapter Summary
Chapter Review Exercises
Statistical Distributions and Populations
Frequency Polygons
Percentages, Cumulative Percentages, and Percentiles
Normal Distribution
Binomial Distribution
t Distribution
Chi-square Distribution
F Distribution
Chapter Review Exercises
Descriptive Statistics
Data Formats
 Categorical Data
 Ordinal Data
 Interval Data
 Ratio Data
Strength of the Data Formats
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Variability
 Standard Deviation
 Interquartile Range
z Scores
  z Scores and Percentages of the Population
Confidence Intervals for Means
 95% Confidence Intervals
 99% Confidence Intervals
 Interpreting Confidence Intervals
Chapter Summary
Chapter Review Exercises
Statistical Tests
Statistical Hypotheses
Inferential Statistical Testing
Type I and Type II Errors
Alpha Levels
Statistical Power of a Test
Inferential Statistics Test Procedure
 Developing a Statistical Hypothesis
 Choosing the Appropriate Statistical Test or Procedure
 Determining the Statistical Distribution
 Determining Significance Levels
 Formulating a Decision Rule
 Running the Test
 Formulating a Conclusion and Making a Decision
Chapter Summary
Chapter Review Exercises
Inferential Statistics for Means
z-Test Comparing a Sample Mean to a Known Population Mean Test Assumptions
 Hypothesis Construction
 Determine Significance Levels
 Using a z Table
 Formulate a Decision Rule
z Test Formula
 Example z Test Problem

Independent Samples z-Test Test Assumptions
 Independent Samples z-Test Formula
Independent Samples z-test Problem

Hypothesis Construction Conclusions
 Example z Test Problem
t –Test for a Single Mean
 Test Assumptions
 Hypothesis Construction
t Test Hypotheses
 Determine Significance Levels
 Formulate a Decision Rule
t-Test Formula for a Single Mean
 Example t-Test Problem
t-Test for Independent Samples
Paired Samples t-Tests
  Test Assumptions
 Hypothesis Construction
 Determine Significance Levels
 Formulate a Decision Rule
 Test Formula
 Example Paired Samples t-Test Problem
One-way Analysis of Variance
 Procedure Assumptions
 Hypothesis Construction
 Procedure Formulas
 Hypothesis Construction
 Formulate a Decision Rule
 Calculate F Ratio
Post Hoc Procedures
Tukey’s HSD
 Calculate Tukey’s HSD
 Formulate a Decision Rule
 Example ANOVA Problem
 Formulate a Decision Rule
 Calculate F ratio
Chapter Summary
Chapter Review Exercises
Correlation and Regression

 Pearson Correlation Coefficient
 Pearson Correlation Coefficient Formula
 Sample Problem
 Test Hypotheses
Sample Problem
 Spearman Rank-Order Correlation Coefficient

Spearman Rank–Order Correlation Coefficient Formula

Sample Problem Phi Coefficient
Sample Problem Point Biserial Correlation

Point Biserial Correlation Formula Sample Problem
 Significance Testing for Correlation Coefficients
Linear Regression
 Procedure Assumptions
  Linear Regression Formulas
 Sample Problem
Chapter Summary
Chapter Review Exercises
Nonparametric Statistics
Underlying Assumptions Concerning Nonparametric Statistics
Chi-square Test for Goodness of Fit
 Degrees of Freedom
 Test Assumptions
 Hypothesis Construction
 Test Formula
  Determining the Critical Value
 Sample Problem

c2 Test of Independence Degrees of Freedom
 Expected Number of Cases
 Test Assumptions
 Hypothesis Construction
 Test Formula
 Sample Problem

Cochran’s Q Test Test Assumptions
 Hypothesis Construction

Cochran’s Q Test Formula Sample Problem
Cochran's Q Test
 Test Assumptions
 Hypothesis Construction
 Test Formula
 Sample Problem
Chapter Summary
Chapter Review Exercises
Survey Research
Types of Survey Studies
Outline for Planning a Survey
Constructing the Instrument
Types of Survey Items
Forms of Questions
 Unstructured Questions
 Structured Questions
Rating Scales
Likert Scales
Semantic Differential Scales
Formatting Questionnaires for the Mail
Sound Survey Research Procedures
 Measurable Objective
 Representative Population
 Match the Hypothesis to the Statistical Tests
 Conduct Background Research
 Instrument Validity and Reliability
 Cover Letters and Instructions
 Sampling for Surveys
 Calculating Sample Sizes
 Pilot Testing
Chapter Summary

Experimental Design

Experimental Design Uses
Research Hypotheses and Experimental Design
Dependent and Independent Variables
Types of Experimental Designs
 One-way ANOVA
 Completely Randomized Design
 Randomized Block Design
 Latin Square Design
 Completely Randomized Factorial Design
Chapter Summary
Chapter Review Exercises

Presenting Research

Data Presentation for Safety Professionals
Displaying Descriptive Statistics
 Displaying Tables
 Pie Charts
z-Tests and t-Tests
t-Test Procedure
 Correlation Procedures
 Nonparametric Procedures
 Sample Data Analysis Using Microsoft Excel
 Developing Presentations Using Microsoft Office
Chapter Summary
Chapter Review Exercises

Statistical Tables
 Critical Values for the t Distribution
 Critical Values for the Chi-square Distribution
 Critical Values for the F Distribution
 Table of Random Units

 Critical Values of the Studentized Range

Solutions to Selected Problems