"Safety for agricultural educators": evaluation of an intervention to enhance awareness of agricultural hazards.
J Agromed 2005 Oct; 10(4):65-70
Safety for Agricultural Educators (SAGE) is a two-sided fact sheet on agricultural hazards that has been distributed by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) to Northeastern high school agriculture educators over the past six years. It was intended to supplement and stimulate the teaching of safety principles in agricultural education classes and thus enhance the awareness and knowledge of young people working on farms. This paper describes an evaluation of SAGE's success at achieving these goals. Postal surveys from 29 teachers who had not previously received SAGE gathered data on class demographics and the amount of class time devoted to a variety of agricultural topics including tractor operation and agricultural health and safety. Teachers were asked to assess their students' awareness of safety and health issues and also to estimate the number of students working in the farm environment. Following a year of SAGE mailings, the same information was gathered from the 24/29 post-SAGE responders. Comparison of pre-post responses from the 24 matched responding educators showed: limited increase in the teachers' knowledge of basic agricultural safety information; a decline in the amount of class time devoted to health and safety; a marginal increase in estimated student awareness of health and safety and very little evidence of teacher awareness of SAGE as a safety resource. Most notable was the fact that only 8% of all students were currently working on a farm and teachers estimated that only 6% would be working on farms in five years.
Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Occupational-hazards; Agricultural-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Farmers; Agricultural-machinery; Tractors; Occupational-health; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Injury-prevention
New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326, USA
Journal of Agromedicine
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York