Special Issue "Farm Safety"
A special issue of Safety (ISSN 2313-576X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021).
2. Adjunct Associate Professor in OSH in Agriculture, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Interests: OHS culture development; extension approaches to gain OHS adoption; total health and sustainability models in agriculture
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Safety, focused on Farm Health and Safety.
A vast population worldwide works and live on farms, where a vast and variable array of technologies are used. This scenario highlights the challenge to enhance occupational health and safety on a continuing basis. At a farm level, this challenge involves enhancing both the technical aspects of farming and human behavioural factors related to occupational health and safety. However, improving farm safety has been described as a ‘wicked’ problem because it resists solution due to its multifactorial and complex nature. Social ecological models applied to agricultural occupational health and safety emphasize multiple levels of influence (such as individual, interpersonal, organizational, community and public policy) and the concept that behaviours both shape and are shaped by the social environment. The “total health” model indicates a reciprocal relationship between health—including mental health—and farm injury prevention. Sustainability models indicate a dependance of farm sustainability on farmers’ health and safety. Thus, solutions to the occupational health and safety challenge in agriculture can be sought at many levels.
This Special Issue offers researchers and practitioners the opportunity to present the latest advancements in the development of interventions or novel approaches for the evaluation or the enhancement of agricultural health safety.
Topics of interest include the following:
- Approaches to survelliance related to agricultural occupational health and safety (OHS) .
- Legislative and policy approaches to improve agricultural OHS
- Interventions aimed at improving agricultural OHS including:
- Farm infrastructures design
- Design and interface of vehicles
- Livestock facilities design and behaviours
- Enhancement of behaviour towards safety
- Application of Total Health and Sustainability models to agricultural OHS.
Dr. John McNamara
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