Are warning signs effective in communicating jellyfish hazards?
Are warning signs effective in communicating jellyfish
|ERA Journal ID||13666|
|Journal Title||Journal of Health, Safety and Environment|
|Journal Citation||34 (2), pp. 181-197|
|Number of Pages||17|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Web Address (URL)||https://intelliconnect.wkasiapacific.com/scion/secure/ctx_8968517/index.jsp?crc1=3EDEC605ECA195BC0310D782&node2=WKAP_TAL_66742718%23teid-308&document_id=io3010339sl979141762&node1=WKAP_TAL_AJSHCOMM_REFERENCE&da=WKAP_TAL_66742718&link_type=1&crc2=B351E8537|
Warning signs are widely used at beach environments to improve safety by alerting visitors to dangerous jellyfish hazards. Empirical data describing beachgoers interpretation of beach warnings is scarce. This study aims to assess the visibility, interpretation and effectiveness of two warning signs in communicating jellyfish hazards to beachgoers at two beaches, one in Australia and the other in the United States. Both signs were measured against industry standards and research-based design guidelines for effective warnings. Results of the study found that while the US sign meets all such standards, Australia’s sign does not. Of the 214 beachgoers interviewed, a higher number of respondents accurately described the meaning of the US sign than the Australian sign. However, interpretation depends on visibility of the sign that was found to be better in the Australian context. Tourists in Australia were found to be least informed of the jellyfish hazard, particularly inside stinger-resistant enclosures. This study’s results suggest that the signage could be improved in both the locations.
|Keywords||warnings, risk communication, jellyfish, beach safety|
|ANZSRC Field of Research 2020||350806. Tourist behaviour and visitor experience|
|440709. Public policy|
|480499. Law in context not elsewhere classified|
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|Byline Affiliations||School of Law and Justice|
|Institution of Origin||University of Southern Queensland|
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