2019 Graduate Student Showcase
 

Title of Submission

Recognizing and Reducing Safety Hazards in Northwest Potato Production

Degree Program

Health Science, MHS

Major Advisor Name

Cynthia Curl

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster

Judging Session

Both Judging Sessions

Abstract

In collaboration with the Idaho and Washington State Potato Commissions, our research team is investigating safety hazards in potato production. The primary goals of this project are to understand potato growers’ perceptions of hazards on their farms and to encourage safe practices.

We first developed and distributed a Hazard Perception Survey (HPS) to potato growers, which asked them to indicate their level of concern regarding the frequency and severity of injuries associated with various potato production tasks. We also created ten Potential Hazard Sheets that provide recommendations for minimizing or eliminating hazards that were identified in the HPS.

Funding Information

Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center

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