03/29/2006

Influences of farming women and families on worker health and safety

The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a report "Exploring
the influences of farming women and families on worker health and safety".

A literature review was conducted to profile women in agriculture. The
processes by which women influence health and safety, why they do so and what
effect they have were considered in developing a comprehensive question set for
use in this study. A sample of 200 women participated.

The study found that women in agriculture are an influential stakeholder group
and the sources of influence and communication routes emerged from the results.
The most significant sources of influence on women's attitudes to health and
safety included past experience, the farming press and their partner. Women
interacted most closely with their husbands on the farm. A corroboration
activity traced the path of influence and a chain of influence is presented.

The recommendations suggest how HSE could mobilise the influence of women in
agriculture to make a positive difference to health and safety on farms.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work