Community partners for healthy farming: involving communities in intervention planning, implementation, and evaluation.
During the first half of this project, we have confirmed some beliefs and identified some strengths and barriers to agricultural safety. Collaboration is both valuable and usually enthusiastically embraced by workers and communities. Private and public sectors seek involvement, including worker-related organizations, schools, youth organizations, grower associations, extension service, media banks, agribusinesses, and both workers and managers or corporate and family farms. Partners volunteer their time, expertise, and financial resources. Workers readily provide useful ideas to researchers. Workers readily make adaptations to tools being evaluated; although potentially useful, the adaptations complicate evaluation. These projects provide important data to direct intervention efforts and develop models for agriculture and elsewhere. Furthermore, the processes developed may be useful models for other industries, e.g., construction, where the worksite is also dynamic, and small businesses in other industry sectors, especially where voluntary focus on health and safety is important. With the growing interest of citizens in many countries for less government regulation and, at the same time, growing interest in health and safety, models for community involvement and motivation for voluntary compliance will be valuable.
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Occupational-hazards; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-health; Engineering-controls; Eye-injuries; Demographic-characteristics; Agriculture; Agricultural-safety; Safety-measures
Janet Ehlers, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS R-21, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226