RR423 - Exploring the influences of farming women and families on worker health and safety
This report describes a study into 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.
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents,
including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not
necessarily reflect HSE policy.
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