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Safe behavior and level of knowledge regarding safe work practices on farms

Author Affiliations

  • 1Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Department of Technical Safety, Gorazdova 15, SI – 1000 Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 1, Issue (6), Pages 15-19, September,18 (2011)

Abstract

The dangers in agriculture are lately being increasingly discussed; each farm has to complete a risk assessment. People living on a farm have to be aware of the hazards associated with agricultural work and search for ways to address those risks. The poll was based on the questionnaire which included questions regarding the knowledge of safe behavior and safe work practices. The survey showed the state of safety culture on farm, attitudes towards safety and frequency of use of safer methods of work. The survey was conducted among farmers in the Republic of Slovenia. The sample was relatively small, but sufficiently representative to show the situation in this area. We should be aware that Slovenia is a country with little more than two million inhabitants and a small representative sample was enough to find characteristic statistical variables. Overall rating following the results of the survey is that farmers are aware of the hazards at their work, they acknowledge the dangers, but they do not take steps to minimize the threat. The relationship between knowledge and behavior was determined by means of structural equation modeling.

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