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Document ID (ISN)111761
CIS number 11-0406
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Feola G., Binder C.R.
Title Why don't pesticide applicators protect themselves? Exploring the use of personal protective equipment among Colombian smallholders
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.16, p.11-23. Illus. 57 ref.
Abstract The misuse of personal protective equipment (PPE) during pesticide application was investigated among smallholders in Colombia. Findings suggest that the descriptive social norm was significantly influencing PPE use. The following were also important: having experienced pesticide-related health problems; age; the share of pesticide application carried out; the perception of PPE hindering work. Interestingly, the influence of these factors differed for different pieces of PPE. Since conformity to the social norm is a source of rigidity in the system, behavioural change may take the form of a discontinuous transition. Suggestions for triggering a transition towards more sustainable PPE use are formulated.
Descriptors (primary) Colombia; pesticide spraying; personal protective equipment; agriculture
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; human behaviour; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; job study; disobeying safety instructions; social aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Agricultural chemicals
OSH in developing countries
Personal protection
Psychological factors