Title of Submission
Recognizing and Reducing Safety Hazards in Northwest Potato Production
Health Science, MHS
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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.
Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center