Farm-work hazard prevention efforts by school-based agricultural education instructors.
Chapman-LJ; Schuler-RT; Wilkinson-TL; Skjolaas-CA
Am J Ind Med 1995 Oct; 28(4):565-577
A study was conducted on safety education in agricultural schools. Agricultural health and safety education was assessed by analysis of questionnaire responses of 193 school based agricultural education instructors in Wisconsin. The primary health and safety related activity for agricultural education instructors was classroom teaching. An average of 20.4 hours per year was reported spent on such activities. The top three health and safety instruction topics were reported to be teaching safe behavior when operating farm tractors, teaching about safe work behavior around farm implements, and agricultural chemical safety. When there was a choice, the instructors chose training which emphasized how to work safely around hazards rather than how to correct hazards. The most commonly used resource people by the instructors were extension agents, and videotapes were the new educational materials felt to be the most useful. Few instructors were well educated about current agricultural accident statistics and many did not themselves follow protective practices. The educators reported that the top obstacle to better farm safety instruction was numerous competing demands on their time.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Agricultural-industry; Safety-education; Agricultural-machinery; Accident-statistics; Agricultural-chemicals
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of Wisconsin, Madison