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Intervention Tools for Farmers — Safe and Productive Work Practices in a SaferWork Environment
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. Special Issue (1):193-203 . (doi: 10.13031/2013.15369) @1998
Authors: T. Scharf, P. Kidd, H. Cole, T. Bean, L. Chapman, K. Donham, D. Baker
Keywords: Farm safety interventions, Farmworker participation, Safe and productive work practices, Community-based interventions
Recent interventions in agricultural safety and health have developed a more
comprehensive and contextual approach to farm safety behaviors. These are broad,
general approaches to safe work practices that complement the task-focused safety
training and engineering interventions of many farm safety programs. Some common
features of these more recent interventions are: (1) the interventions require the active
participation of the farmers and farm workers, for whom the interventions are
intended; (2) farm economics and productivity are recognized as powerful determinants
in shaping the structure and organization of the enterprise; (3) safe work practices and
safety-related improvements in the work environment are shown to promote the
productivity and economic viability of the farm; and (4) participation from community
members, including extension agents, 4-H, FFA, educators, equipment dealers,
insurance agents, bankers, local media, and others can be the key to making such
interventions successfulboth in the early phases, and over the long term.