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Safety Climate and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Investigation on Safety Perceptions among Farmers in Italy

DICMA, Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Academic Editors: Sherif Mohamed and Sherif Mostafa
Received: 15 April 2021 / Revised: 21 May 2021 / Accepted: 29 June 2021 / Published: 2 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resilient Safety Culture)
The diffusion of the COVID-19 pandemic has generated numerous interventions aimed at reducing the contagion by means of specific prevention measures, also characterized by stricter occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures at the workplace. To better understand how this novel working context has impacted on farmers’ safety behavior and attitude, a safety climate assessment was carried out by means of the Nordic Safety Climate Questionnaire (NOSACQ-50), which was augmented to include specific items related to the modifications of working conditions due to COVID-19. This allowed us to analyze changes in safety climate perceptions, pointing out worker-manager discrepancies in safety behavior and attitude. Additionally, the COVID-19 questionnaire contributed to analyzing the effects of the specific OHS measures due to the pandemic from the workers’ standpoint. Results showed that concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic have augmented the attention paid to OHS, demonstrating a correlation between the safety climate dimensions and the OHS measures due to COVID-19. Besides, farmers’ risk-taking behavior and attitude appeared still critical, highlighting the need for more specific and contextual interventions in terms of safety information and training. Overall, this study aims to expand knowledge on shared safety awareness and perceptions in the COVID-19 period. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational health and safety (OHS); safety climate; NOSACQ-50; COVID-19; ergonomics; human factors; risk perception; safety culture; agriculture; prevention measures occupational health and safety (OHS); safety climate; NOSACQ-50; COVID-19; ergonomics; human factors; risk perception; safety culture; agriculture; prevention measures
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Fargnoli, M.; Lombardi, M. Safety Climate and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Investigation on Safety Perceptions among Farmers in Italy. Safety 2021, 7, 52. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7030052

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Fargnoli M, Lombardi M. Safety Climate and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Investigation on Safety Perceptions among Farmers in Italy. Safety. 2021; 7(3):52. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7030052

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Fargnoli, Mario, and Mara Lombardi. 2021. "Safety Climate and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Investigation on Safety Perceptions among Farmers in Italy" Safety 7, no. 3: 52. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7030052

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