Farm work planning simulation in multi-media: a comparative evaluation.
Britt M; Chrislip D; Bayer S; Cole H; Kidd P; Parshall M; Isaacs S; Struttman T; Colligan M; Scharf T
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep; 36(S1):113-115
As an interactive learning tool, Kayle's Difficult Decision (KDD) has the potential to be an effective mechanism promoting changes in attitude, beliefs and behaviors among farmers. KDD keeps the participant interested and excited and allows them to make decisions that are based on fact and could possibly arise on their own farms. Because of its interactive nature, KDD's impact could be substantial among adolescent participants and the computer literate generation because they will be able to see how their decision impact the farm. Unlike most interventions, KDD is useful for individuals at any stage of the behavior change process. KDD has something for everyone; from the individual who has not realized the impact that severe injury could have on the economic success of their farm to those who understand the risks but need more information to promote a change. Many interventions are not successful in using stages of change to move individuals because they assume that everyone starts and stops at the same point. Fortunately, KDD takes this into account and provides even a novice farmer with adequate information to assist them in beginning to consider safety issues in regard to their farm. Finally, while KDD will motivate many to consider the use of safety practices on their farm, KDD could be used in other arenas to promote behavior change. Currently, KDD is only available in the two versions. An internet version would reach far more individuals. Its availability to organizations such as farm extension agencies and universities that house agricultural science divisions would also be greater. KDD has the capacity to become a world wide tool promoting farm safety. Further development of the multi-media version appears to be the most likely means of taking us into the new millennium and facilitating the learning process of many farmers around the world.
Work-environment; Agricultural-industry; Agriculture; Farmers; Agricultural-safety; Agricultural-workers; Injury-prevention; Simulation-methods; Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Injuries;
Author Keywords: farm safety; injury control; farm economics; simulation exercise; occupational health and safety; work environment
Marcia Britt, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway MS C-24, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1988
American Journal of Industrial Medicine